Although we are waiting for the team's official release of Cervelli's status, it should be noted that the catcher believes he will be on the field working out Tuesday. He noted that it wasn't blisters, but simply a pain he is feeling on the bottom of his right foot. There is some cause for concern with this, as he missed several games in 2016 due to a similar right foot soreness, so his status will be monitored as he progresses through spring. If he were to miss extended time, Elias Diaz would likely take over behind the plate for the Buccos.
He missed several games in 2016 with a sore right foot. At the very least, it's curious that manager Clint Hurdle said the team wouldn't release Cervelli's status until the middle of next week. Pittsburgh's backstop backups include Elias Diaz and Chris Stewart, with Diaz likely getting the nod if Cervelli is forced to miss an extended period of time.
Cervelli is currently being listed as day-to-day, so it doesn't appear that the injury is anything too serious. The veteran catcher is slated to open the season as the Pirates' starting backstop.
Schwarber had his left leg extended while in the squat to avoid putting extra stress on the knee, so he's clearly easing back into the position. Still, this is a good sign for Schwarber, who is expected to serve as the team's third catcher this season. Look for him to do more work behind the plate during spring training, but Schwarber's primary position this year will be left field.
It's an unfortunate break for Conger, who signed a minor league deal with the Diamondbacks earlier this month. The 29-year-old catcher hit just .194 in 49 games for Tampa Bay last season and is expected to serve as organizational depth for the D-Backs out of spring training.
Although this phrasing seems to suggest a platoon, Black was insistent that it won't be a strict platoon, and that he'll instead evaluate the offensive and defensive performance of both catchers before making a lineup decision. The skipper also added that it's unrealistic to expect either catcher to amass a 130-game season given their inexperience in the big leagues, so fantasy owners should expect fairly even timeshare between Wolters and Murphy throughout the course of the upcoming campaign.
Murphy certainly has more offensive upside than Wolters, but Black was insistent that both offense and defense would play a big role in who would play on a given day. Black also added that it's unrealistic to expect either catcher to put together a 130-game season, so fantasy owners should expect a fairly flexible timeshare behind the plate heading into 2017, which may decrease both backstops' values.
Coming off a season in which he hit a career-high 27 home runs, the Dodgers will be hoping Grandal can continue to establish himself as an all-star-caliber catcher in his third full season with the team. The 28-year-old recently avoided arbitration by signing a one-year, $5.5 million deal this offseason. If he can stay healthy, Grandal could be in for a stellar offensive season.
Knapp, who was added to the 40-man roster this offseason, has a chance to earn a bench job this spring as the Phillies' backup catcher to Cameron Rupp. If he shows he can also be an option at first base, that could enhance his chances of winning a roster spot. Ryan Hanigan and Bryan Holaday are also in camp as non-roster invitees competing for the backup catching job.
This is surprising news concerning Brown, but makes sense following the offseason acquisition of Nick Hundley. If the move works out, it could allow the Giants to carry three catchers on the roster and permit manager Bruce Bochy to play them simultaneously by moving Buster Posey to first base. Brown slashed .237/.283/.364 in 75 games last season and could now see a more expansive role if he turns in a strong spring.