Jairo Diaz, Cristhian Adames among Rockies' latest cuts
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1:52 pm ET) The Rockies have optioned right-hander Jairo Diaz, infielder Cristhian Adames, outfielder Kyle Parker to the minors. Left-hander Kenny Roberts, catchers Dustin Garneau and Ryan Casteel were all reassigned to minor-league camp, according to MLB.com.

J.P. Arencibia on Orioles' travel list to face Blue Jays
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12:51 pm ET) Orioles catcher J.P. Arencibia is scheduled to travel with the team to Dunedin, Fla., on Sunday, according to MLB.com. Arencibia has been sidelined since Thursday with a strained right flexor mass. He is 2 for 17 in nine Grapefruit League games.

Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph should start on Opening Day
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(10:35 am ET) Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph is the likely starter on Opening Day, which will not only be a first for him, but the first time he's ever broken camp with a Major League team. 

Joseph locked up a roster spot, and a likely start in the opener, when it became clear Matt Wieters wouldn't be ready by the start of the season. 

"Things happen in this game that nobody really expects and just like we've had to do in years' past the next guy has got to step up," Joseph said, per the Baltimore Sun. "Hopefully, we get Matt back really soon but, as long as he is out, I'm going to try and step up and do my best and try to continue what I did last year."

Joseph is hitting .333 this spring with five RBI. 


Rays remain undecided on No. 2 catcher
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(10:33 am ET) Rays manager Kevin Cash said the race for the backup catcher job between Curt Casali or Bobby Wilson has "been made difficult simply because the guys have performed well," according to the Tampa Bay Times on Saturday.

Casali has a .190 batting average with a .217 on-base percentage in 10 Grapefruit League games. Wilson owns a .143/.250/.143 slash line through 12 games this spring.


Twins' Molitor: Josmil Pinto failed his concussion test
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(10:15 am ET) Twins manager Paul Molitor told reporters that catcher Josmil Pinto did not pass his concussion test, and has not been cleared to play in games. Pinto, who suffered concussion-like symptoms after he was hit on the back of the head three times by an Adam Jones backswing last week, was limited to working out on Saturday.

Molitor hopes to have Pinto play games by Monday, and added that the backup catcher decision is "still in flux," per the Pioneer Press.


Rays' Rene Rivera to work with Chris Archer in minor-league game
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(9:41 am ET) Rays catcher Rene Rivera told reporters that his calf is fine, according to Tampa Bay Times. He added that Chris Archer requested he catch him in a minor-league game, so that the two can get used to working with each other. Riveral will catch against the Red Sox on Sunday.

Christian Vazquez (elbow) on MRI: They 'found something' there
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(9:14 am ET) Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez underwent an MRI on his injured elbow, and told reporters on Saturday that they "found something," but have to make a firm diagnosis. He's scheduled to undergo a second opinion in the Fort Myers area, according to WEEI.

Vazquez caught a minor-league game on Friday, but was prohibited from throwing to bases. Manager John Farrell said he's unlikely to be ready for Opening Day, per the Providence Journal. The Red Sox will likely consider Ryan Hanigan and prospect Blake Swihart as possible replacements for Vazquez.

"There's a little bit there, but I've got more in my tank," Vazquez said. "I want to be 100 percent to help the team. I need to be ready to help the team win.

"That's my goal, be ready and healthy because this is my first time getting hurt. I'm a little bit sad with myself for my first time, but I'm fine."


Brewers' Jonathan Lucroy gets first start at first base Friday
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(12:30 am ET) Brewers regular catcher Jonathan Lucroy drew his first start at first base after being cleared from a strained right hamstring injury. Manager Ron Roenicke wanted to be able to see Lucroy's versatility.

"Thought we needed to do it, so hopefully we can do it at least once more,” said Roenicke to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "But as much as he gets out there, it will help. There’s some pitchers that we still want him to catch and if we can get through those then maybe some other days we can get him over there again."

Lucroy was happy to finally be back on the field.

"I've been doing a little bit out there every day," Lucroy said. "Taking some grounders and stuff to stay sharp over there."


Juan Centeno making good impression on Brewers
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/27/2015) Catcher Juan Centeno signed with the Brewers after getting waived by the Mets in the offseason. There were some growing pains at first, but he's finally made a good impression with his new team. 

"He’s improving all the time from what we’ve seen," said manager Ron Roenicke, per Tom Haudricourt of the Journal Sentinel. "When he first came here, he maybe wasn’t comfortable. It’s hard when you change teams, and he’s trying to impress. He’s a nice player; will be a nice backup for us."

Centeno is hitting .400 for the Brewers this spring. 


Blake Lalli battling for backup catcher spot with Diamondbacks
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/27/2015) The Diamondbacks aren't sure if they're keeping two catchers or three, and the only certainty is that Tuffy Gosewisch is starting.

Entering the final week of spring training, Blake Lalli is battling Gerald Laird and Jordan Pacheco for a roster spot. 

"You just keep playing and try not to look into things, because it's impossible," Lalli said per MLB.com's Steve Gilbert. "I feel like if you do your job on the field, that's all you can do for sure. I know it sounds cliche, but it's true. I try not to pay attention to decisions that aren't mine. ... You can look around and see and kind of figure you're in it."


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