Yasmani Grandal sits out another game
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7:49 pm ET) Padres catcher Yasmani Grandal was held out of the starting lineup Friday against Atlanta. Grandal is dealing with fluid buildup in his right knee. He's appeared in 82 of 108 games this season for San Diego and is hitting .206 with nine homers and 24 RBI in 228 at-bats.

Hector Sanchez could take BP Friday
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5:08 pm ET) Giants catcher Hector Sanchez continues to make progress from a concussion suffered last weekend, and told the San Francisco Chronicle Friday he is feeling much better after some time off.

Sanchez could be cleared to begin taking part in baseball activities, including batting practice Friday. 


Diamondbacks going with platoon at third base for now
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11:55 am ET) Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers has announced that the deal that shipped Martin Prado to the Yankees has Jordan Pacheco and Cliff Pennington set to platoon at third base.

Pacheco will handle the duties until Pennington returns from a thumb injury. He owns a .259/.312/.376 stat line and has yet to go deep this season.


Yasmani Grandal dealing with fluid buildup in right knee
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2014) Padres catcher Yasmani Grandal was unable to play Thursday against the Cardinals because of fluid buildup in his right knee, U-T San Diego reports. He is expected to be "fine" moving forward, according to manager Bud Black.

Grandal has appeared in 82 of 108 games this season for San Diego. He is hitting .206 with nine homers and 24 RBI in 228 at-bats.

Taylor Teagarden clears waivers, sent to Triple-A
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2014) Mets catcher Taylor Teagarden cleared waivers and accepted an assignment to Triple-A Las Vegas, ESPN New York reports. Teagarden was rehabbing in the minors after landing on the bi-league disabled list on July 22 with a strained left hamstring.

Victory Caratini heading to Cubs at deadline
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2014) The Cubs acauired catching prospect Victor Caratini from the Braves in a deadline-day deal for James Russell and Emilio Bonifacio, the teams announced Thursday.

Caratini was a second-round pick by the Braves in 2013, and is hitting .279/.352/.406 as a 20-year-old at Class A Rome this season. 


Arizona acquires catcher prospect in Martin Prado deal
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2014) The Diamondbacks acquired catcher prospect Pete O'Brien from the Yankees Thursday in exchange for infielder Martin Prado. O'Brien hit .267 with 23 doubles, 33 home runs and 70 RBI in 102 games this season between high Class A and Double-A.

The Diamondbacks will also get cash considerations or a player to be named later.


Devin Mesoraco hits too-little, too-late tater in loss to Arizona
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2014) Catcher Devin Mesoraco did hit part in vain to try to lead the Reds to victory Wednesday against visiting Arizona.

Mesoraco blasted a three-run homer in the ninth inning off Diamondbacks closer Addison Reed to cut the deficit to 5-4. He had already singled in improving his stat line to .295/.367/.589. His 18 home runs leads all major league catchers.


Martin Maldonado racks up three hits, four RBI in win
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2014) Catcher Martin Maldonado took advantage of a rare start for the Brewers on Wednesday in Tampa Bay with his first three-hit game since May 30.

Maldonado singled in two runs in the second and added RBI hits in the sixth and eighth to play the role of offensive hero. He sweetened his stat line to .270/.357/.405 in the process.


John Baker scored winning run after pitching
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2014) Cubs catcher John Baker appeared in just one inning Tuesday against the Rockies, but played a big part in the 4-3 extra-inning win.  

Baker entered the game in the top of the 16th inning as a pitcher, the first time he has ever pitched as a professional. He got through the inning on 11 pitches, while walking one batter and allowing no runs, and then came to bat in the bottom half of the inning.

Baker walked in his first plate appearance of the game, and came around to score the winning run as the Cubs rallied to bring him around.

Baker has been mostly limited to part-time duty this season, and is hitting just .216/.308/.256 in 125 at-bats, with eight runs scored. 


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