The Rays' backstop opened what would be a 19-run barrage by blasting a two-run homer to left with Rickie Weeks, Jr. aboard in the first. Casali is battling Luke Maile and non-roster invitee Jesus Sucre for a backup catcher spot, and given that prize offseason signing Wilson Ramos isn't expected back from knee surgery until at least May and may be limited to designated hitter duties for some time thereafter, he would appear to have a solid chance of securing a spot on the Opening Day roster. The 28-year-old's unsightly .186/.273/.336 line last season belied some solid pop in his bat, as Casali collected 18 extra-base hits, including 10 round-trippers, over 256 plate appearances.
Max Stassi will get the start behind the plate instead. It's likely nothing too serious for McCann, who should be back in action within a couple days. The veteran catcher was traded to Houston this offseason after spending the last three seasons with the Yankees.
Ellis was scratched from Tuesday's Grapefruit League game after feeling tightness while warming up. Mattingly added there's no definitive timetable for when the veteran catcher could return to games, but his status for the World Baseball Classic is in jeopardy. Tomas Telis, a backup catcher who took Ellis' DH spot Tuesday, will likely continue receiving opportunities.
He's essentially auditioning for a role on another team at this point, as the Matt Wieters signing makes him expendable, but at least Norris isn't letting his job security issues affect him at the plate. He'll need more than one early spring homer to shake off the stink of last year's .583 OPS, however.
His offseason work to simplify and improve his swing has paid quick dividends to begin the spring, and d'Arnaud is now hitting .500 (4-for-8) through the Mets' first few Grapefruit League games. He remains little more than a lottery ticket in shallower fantasy formats, but the 28-year-old catcher still has time to get his career back on track if he can just stay off the DL.
Cervelli was added to the lineup about an hour before the start of the game. "We were targeting today if everything went well," manager Clint Hurdle said. "We got good reports on him (Monday), so he's back in play. We'll see how he feels tomorrow." He leads all big league catchers with a .372 OPS over the past three seasons but offers little in the way of power.
Few people reported on the status of Herrmann's hand injury he incurred back in September, but it seems like the catcher is back to his old self. The Diamondbacks have been easing him back into game action, however, as he only was the DH in his first appearance, and he caught for a few innings over the weekend. That being said, the 29-year-old seems to be nearly good to take over the primary catching duties in Arizona.
Vogt's infield single in the first brought in Khris Davis, giving Oakland a 2-0 lead at the time. The veteran backstop, who's playing on a one-year, $2.965 million deal in 2017 after avoiding arbitration, will look to improve on the .251/.305/.406 line he generated in 2016, which represented a drop from his level of performance in the previous two campaigns.
Sanchez fouled a ball off his foot a couple of days ago, but it wasn't considered serious and he needed just a couple of days to heal. He is currently on the Padres as a non-roster invitee, and he has a good shot at winning the backup catcher spot if he can produce at the plate this spring.
The backup catcher injured the muscle Sunday and already sat out Monday, but the Royals don't seem overly concerned with the veteran's absence. Manager Ned Yost even went as far to say that the days of rest were simply precautionary. Butera should be good to go by the end of the week at the latest as long as everything goes as planned.