Molina missed most of the final few weeks of the regular season with a sprained left thumb, prompting some sources to speculate he could be left off the postseason roster. However, after a strong showing in the batting cage during the weekend, Mike Matheny opted not only to have Molina active, but to also start the opener. He will take over his typical position behind the plate and bat seventh.
After missing the last two weeks of the season with an injury to his thumb, there were some rumblings that Molina might be held off the postseason roster. However, it's clear manager Mike Matheny was pleased with his catcher's progress and it now appears as if Molina will at least get an at-bat or two during the NLDS with a possible start on the horizon depending on how his thumb reacts to game-time action.
Bethancourt missed the majority of the final two weeks in September with a lingering issue in this thumb, but it appears as if the catcher may have dealing with more than just that injury.
Barring any setbacks, Bethancourt should be ready to begin working out sometime in November -- a good sign considering he will likely compete for the starting catcher job in spring training.
Molina's thumb injury cost him the last couple weeks of the regular season, and that could extend into the postseason as well. If he does end up on the postseason roster, it still seems unlikely he'll be available early on.
O'Brien came up as a catcher, but made all three of his big league appearances this season in left field. With Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Welington Castillo both potentially hitting the free agent market, the Diamondbacks will enter the offseason with some uncertainty behind the plate, but O'Brien will have the opportunity to win the job.
Unsurprisingly, the Rockies will shut Murphy down after he strained his left shoulder in Saturday's game. Though Colorado is expected to bring Nick Hundley and Mike McKenry back next season, Murphy should be a candidate to contend for an Opening Day role with the Rockies in 2016 as the backup catcher. He's hit 23 homers and 27 doubles across three levels this season.
Bethancourt hasn't played since Thursday while dealing with the left thumb contusion. It's likely that the Braves will just give Ryan Lavarnway and A.J. Pierzynski the starts behind the plate for the doubleheader, allowing Bethancourt to get an early start on his offseason. He should be over the thumb injury in quick fashion.
Hedges is a defense-first catcher and his numbers show that thus far. In 133 at-bats, Hedges is hitting .165 with a dreadful .214 OBP. He also has very little power, with only three homers and two doubles all season. Hedges will be a good real-life baseball player for the Padres, but will have very little fantasy value in years to come.
He hurt himself on a pickoff play, which he was thrown out on. Murphy was replaced by Dustin Garneau at catcher, and while the injury could mean that Murphy's 2015 season is over, he will be an intriguing sleeper candidate heading into 2016.