Cardinals release George Kottaras
by R.J. White |
(8:16 pm ET) The Cardinals released catcher George Kottaras Tuesday. Kottaras was designated for assignment last weekend after the team signed A.J. Pierzynski.

Soreness pushes back timetable for Ryan Hanigan
by Marty Gitlin |
(5:19 pm ET) Rays catcher Ryan Hanigan experienced soreness in his oblique Tuesday, which pushes back his timetable to return to the team a few days, per the Tampa Bay Times.

Hanigan, who had been expected to come back by Friday, has been out since July 8.

Jose Molina set to sit Tuesday night
by Marty Gitlin |
(3:03 pm ET) Rays catcher Jose Molina is catching a break Tuesday against Milwaukee. He is out of the lineup in favor of Curt Casali.

Molina is hitless in his last seven at-bats after a nine-game hitting streak that raised his average from .173 to .200.

Kurt Suzuki backed by teammates
by Marty Gitlin |
(11:07 am ET) Twins surprisingly productive catcher Kurt Suzuki has received interest from several teams in need of players at that position, but closer Glen Perkins is hoping he stays put and is offered a contract extension.

"That would be ideal," he told the St. Paul Pioneer Press. "I think everyone else would agree. Not even just pitchers. He's fit in the clubhouse great, too, with everybody."

General manager Terry Ryan expressed satisfaction with Suzuki despite admitting he rates poorly in regard to pitch-framing.

Toronto, San Francisco and Baltimore are believed to be most interested. All three had scouts at Twins games over the weekend.

Carlos Ruiz hitting well since return
by Chris Towers |
(9:41 am ET) Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz continues to hit the ball well since his return from the disabled list, as he put together another multi-hit game Monday against the Mets.

Though the Phillies lost 7-1, Ruiz had one of his best performance of the season in the loss. He went 4 for 4 in the game with one double, and he drove in the team's lone run in the loss.

Ruiz has put together three multi-hit games over the last four since his return from a concussion. He was hitting .257 prior to the DL trip, but is now at .272/.375/.382 for the season. 

Devin Mesoraco hits his 17th home run Monday
by Chris Cwik |
(12:22 am ET) Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco hit his 17th home run Monday against the Diamondbacks.

Mesoraco struck in his first at-bat. He worked a five-pitch at-bat against Chase Anderson, hitting a 91 mph fastball out to left for the solo shot. He walked and singled during the contest. Mesoraco finished 2 for 5, with one run scored and one RBI. 

Travis d'Arnaud turns into a slugging machine Monday
by Chris Cwik |
(7/28/2014) Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud hit the ball all over the yard Monday against the Phillies. 

The catcher got in on the action during his first at-bat. He doubled on the first pitch he saw from A.J. Burnett. d'Arnaud would come in to score during the inning. In the fifth, d'Arnaud struck again, taking an 81 mph knuckle curve from Burnett out to left for a three-run shot. He doubled again later in the game. d'Arnaud finished 3 for 4, with two runs scored and three RBI. 

Hector Sanchez fails concussion test Monday
by R.J. White |
(7/28/2014) Giants catcher Hector Sanchez failed a concussion test Monday, Comcast SportsNet Bay Area reports.

Sanchez will have to wait until at least Thursday before taking another test. He was placed on the disabled list Saturday after a foul tip caught him on the catcher's mask the previous day. Sanchez is just 2 for 19 over his last nine games.

Royals make several roster moves Monday
by Igor Mello |
(7/28/2014) The Royals have assigned newly acquired pitcher Liam Hendricks to Triple-A Omaha, FOX Sports Kansas City reports. Erik Kratz, who was also acquired in the Danny Valencia trade, will join the big-league team Tuesday. The Royals have also recalled shortstop Christian Colon and designated catcher Brett Hayes for assignment.

Blue Jays trade away Liam Hendriks, Erik Kratz to Royals
by Igor Mello |
(7/28/2014) The Blue Jays have traded pitcher Liam Hendriks and catcher Erik Kratz to the Royals, according to

Hendricks went 8-1 with a 2.33 ERA in 18 appearances (16 starts) with Triple-A Buffalo. he was shelled for six runs over 1 2/3 innings in his last major-league start on June 21. Kratz hit .299 with three homers and 17 RBI in 87 at-bats. Kratz is expected to join the big-league team, per SB Nation.

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