Jones had just returned from a month-long stay on the DL due to a back injury, but his return lasted just one day. The nature of his injury (and hence a timetable) has yet to be reported. Omar Navarez and Chris O'Dowd should split the catching duties at Charlotte with Smith out.
Norris is known for his bat, and the veteran backstop put it in full display with two extra-base hits and three runs driven in. Five of his six hits in the past 10 games have gone for extra bases, and he's slugging .469 over that span.
Wolters is not known for his offense, but he made his presence felt with his first multi-hit game since May 14. The 23-year-old has hit a mere .195 this year, and he will have value as long as he's able to put the ball in play.
A positive presence on the field and in the clubhouse, the veteran backstop now has four home runs and 17 RBI to go with a respectable .254 average. He's one of those guys who is a huge asset to his MLB team, but simply doesn't get enough at bats to provide much help to a fantasy team.
The reserve catcher for the Angels left Wednesday's game with some cramping in his hamstring, and although Los Angeles had an off-day Thursday, he'll sit out the series opener against the Astros. Carlos Perez will get the start Friday and he'll likely catch two of the three games in the Angels' weekend series. Bandy's likeliest day to return will be Sunday's early afternoon tilt following a night game.
It was reported earlier in the week that Chirinos was ahead of schedule in his recovery from a broken bone in his right forearm, and that continues to be the case as he'll set out on a rehab assignment Tuesday. He'll report to Double-A Frisco for one week, getting game reps in at catcher, before rejoining the Rangers on June 9 provided he remains on schedule. Once he is activated, the Rangers will likely have to choose between optioning Bryan Holaday or Bobby Wilson.
The veteran catcher was most recently with the Braves organization before being released on May 14. He was slashing .276/.336/.357 at Triple-A Gwinnett prior to his release this spring. He adds some organizational depth at catcher, but unless Russell Martin or Josh Thole get hurt, he's unlikely to be a major league option for the Blue Jays in the near future. Lavarnway has been assigned to Double-A New Hampshire.
Caleb Joseph will take over behind the plate Friday after Wieters was able to catch three games in a row against the Astros. Wieters has been one of Baltimore's hottest hitters of late, slashing .435/.435/.652 with a home run and three RBI over the last week, but manager Buck Showalter will give him the day off to keep him fresh. Look for Wieters to return to the lineup for Saturday's game against the Indians.
The return of Josh Phegley (knee) from the DL spells the end of McBride's recent stint with the big league ball club. He'll head back down to Triple-A for more playing time after batting .222 with four strikeouts and one RBI in his 18 at-bats with the A's.
The A's receive some much-needed depth behind the plate Friday with Phegley's return from an inflamed right knee. He'll serve as Stephen Vogt's backup behind the plate, but his presence could result in manager Bob Melvin using Vogt instead of Yonder Alonso at first base on occasion. The A's optioned Matt McBride in a corresponding move Friday.