Red Sox place Blake Swihart on DL
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6:18 pm ET) The Red Sox placed catcher Blake Swihart on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 1.

Swihart has been battling a toe injury for just over two weeks. He's played once since Sunday.

“With Blake, he had been playing with some pain as we know,” manager John Farrell said, per WEEI. “The injury that he suffered to that small left toe is obviously still there. The symptoms never really subsided to the point where the recommendation at the time with the number of days needed initially, we kind of took a shortcut initially to get him back in the lineup. But we’re afforded the ability to give him so added rest right now.” 


Tigers option Bryan Holaday to Triple-A as Alex Avila comes off DL
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3:24 pm ET) The Tigers optioned catcher Bryan Holaday to Triple-A Toledo on Friday to clear a roster spot for catcher Alex Avila, who was activated off the 15-day disabled list.

Holaday is batting .271 with one home run, three doubles and 12 RBI in 16 games with Detroit this season.


Tigers activate catcher Alex Avila from 15-day DL on Friday
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3:21 pm ET) The Tigers activated catcher Alex Avila from the 15-day disabled list Friday. He had been sidelined since early May due to a knee injury.

Avila was immediately placed back in the starting lineup following his activation, batting sixth against Blue Jays right-hander Drew Hutchison.

Avila spent six games on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Toledo. He hit .300 (6 for 20) with one home run, five RBI, two runs, no walks and eight strikeouts.


Cubs conduct prospect-swap with Angels
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2:59 pm ET) The Cubs have traded for pitching prospect Manny Rondon and international slot number four from the Angels for catcher Rafael Lopez, who was designated for assignment Saturday.

Lopez was batting .276 for Triple-A Iowa after a short stint last season with the Cubs. Rondon was a Dominican Summer All-Star a year ago when he posted a 2.30 ERA in 14 starts. He has gone 3-7 with a 2.94 ERA as both a starter and reliever in the Angels organization.


Orioles' Matt Wieters still not ready to catch on consecutive days
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9:31 am ET) Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Thursday catcher Matt Wieters is still not ready to catch on consecutive days.

"It's not if, I think it's when, and that's going to be totally up to Matt and John Russell and the trainers," Showalter said, per MASNsports.com. "It's not something I walk up to him every day and say, 'Hey, is today the day? Is today the day?' I'm not going to do that to him. I'm not going to jeopardize him being here every other day by pushing the envelope on it. But I know he's playing some catch now between outings, so to speak.

"When he first got here, he'd catch and take the next day off, even though he's available. We wouldn't have brought him here if we felt like we couldn't use him in a game the day after, but he is now doing some things on the day he's not catching that he wasn't doing when he first got here, so I think it will happen at some point. When it is, I don't know, and we're fortunate to have Caleb (Joseph) and some other catchers down below that we feel good about the depth.

"We'll take it the way it is, and if it's this way the rest of the year, so be it. I think at some point he'll feel comfortable doing it. I try to stay out of that. I don't want him to think that I'm putting that pressure on him, and I'm not. We'll take him any way we can get him."


Mariners sign C Erik Kratz to minors deal
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(12:56 am ET) The Mariners have signed veteran catcher Erik Kratz to a minor league deal, according to the Tacoma News Tribune. Kratz became a free agent on Monday after being designated for assignment by the Red Sox on June 25. 

Kratz will provide catching depth to a team that already has Mike Zunino and Jesus Sucre on the big-league roster. 


Athletics C Josh Phegley records double, two RBI in win
by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(12:45 am ET) Athletics catcher Josh Phegley went 1 for 4 with a double and two RBI in Thurday's win over the Mariners.

Phegley got the scoring started on Thursday with a double in the bottom of the first inning that brought teammates Ben Zobrist and Billy Butler around to score.

Phegley is hitting .280 with five home runs and 17 RBI in 107 at-bats this season.


Blue Jays C Russell Martin powers up for 12th home run
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/2/2015) Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin went 1 for 4 on Thursday, as he belted his 12th home run of the season. Martin's ninth-inning solo shot came as little consequence to the end result of the game, as the Red Sox won 12-6.

This was Martin's second home run in his last six games, but he has otherwise been struggling at the plate. Over his last 10 contests, Martin is batting .161 with nine strikeouts.


Brewers C Jonathan Lucroy gets three hits in win
by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/2/2015) Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy went 3 for 6 with a double and two runs scored in Thursday's win over the Phillies.

Lucroy is hitting .533 with eight hits in his last three games.


Pirates C Francisco Cervelli blasts solo home run on Thursday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/2/2015) Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli got the scoring started on Thursday, as he launched a solo home run in the top of the fourth inning to give his club the early 1-0 lead. Cervelli also singled and scored later in the game, as the Pirates defeated the Tigers 8-4.

The home run was Cervelli's fourth of the season, and he now has 10 hits in 40 at-bats over his last 10 games. 


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