Geovany Soto available off bench Tuesday
by R.J. White |
(9/16/2014) Athletics catcher Geovany Soto is available off the bench for Tuesday's game against the Rangers, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

"I'm good to go," Soto said Tuesday.

Soto hasn't played since leaving Friday's game due to back spasms. He has hit .211/.250/.316 in 57 at-bats.

Evan Gattis sidelined indefinitely with illness
by R.J. White |
(9/16/2014) Braves catcher Evan Gattis has missed the last eight days due to strep throat, and the team is unsure of when he'll be able to return, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

"I really don’t know," manager Fredi Gonzalez said Tuesday. "We will let the doctors and people who are looking at him decide when, where. But hopefully (it’s) soon."

Gattis started to feel sick on Sept. 7, and although the team reported last Wednesday that he was feeling better, he hasn't seen any action since the first day of his sickness. Gattis has hit .270/.325/.507 with 22 home runs and 52 RBI in 359 at-bats.

Francisco Cervelli returns to lineup Tuesday
by R.J. White |
(9/16/2014) Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli is back in the starting lineup Tuesday.

Cervelli has played just once in September while dealing with migraines. He returns to a .280/.341/.441 line wtih two home runs and 11 RBI in 118 at-bats.

Alex Avila out again, as expected, Tuesday
by Chris Towers |
(9/16/2014) Tigers catcher Alex Avila is out of the lineup yet again Tuesday, as expected, as he continues to deal with post-concussion symptoms. Avila was removed from Sunday's game with lightheadedness, and manager Brad Ausmus told reporters Monday he thinks Avila might have to miss a week or more. 

Geovany Soto not in Tuesday's lineup
by Chris Towers |
(9/16/2014) Athletics catcher Geovany Soto is not in lineup for Tuesday's game against the Rangers, though it is not clear if he will not be available for the game. Soto sate out Sunday's game, but vowed to be ready to play by Tuesday after suffering from back spasms during the weekend. 

Evan Gattis still sidelined Tuesday by illness
by Chris Towers |
(9/16/2014) Braves catcher Evan Gattis is still not in the lineup Tuesday against the Nationals, as he continues to deal with an illness. Gattis will have missed eight games due to strep throat after Tuesday, and has not played since Sept. 7.  

Wilson Ramos enjoying late-season power surge
by Chris Towers |
(9/16/2014) Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos had trouble finding his power stroke early in the season, but has re-discovered it en-route to eight home runs over the last 30 games.

"I feel good right now," he told the Washington Post. "I feel my power is back. Right now, I feel like I'm hitting better because the last two weeks was a little bit of a struggle. I can't think about my [offense]. I have to go out there and call my game, and if I hit that's extra for a catcher."

Ramos had just three home runs through Aug. 4, a span of 48 games. However, he leads major-league catchers in long balls since, bringing his total to 11 for the season. 

Mets preparing to have too much of a good thing at catcher
by Chris Towers |
(9/16/2014) The Mets might have an overcrowding problem behind the plate next season, given the progress Travis d'Arnaud and prospect Kevin Plawecki have shown this season.

"If their potential starts to converge at the major league level, and it warrants major league time, then we'll have to make a decision," manager Sandy Alderson told the New York Daily News Tuesday. "But in the meantime, we're happy to have both of them. But Kevin has made a lot of progress, and obviously Travis has done well the second half of this season."

Alderson does not think either player is likely to be used in a backup or reserve role. d'Arnaud is hitting .277/.321/.480 in 177 at-bats since the All-Star break, while Plawecki is hitting .309/.365/.460 in 101 minor-league games while reaching Triple-A. 

Francisco Cervelli not ready to return Monday
by Igor Mello |
(9/15/2014) Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli was held out of the starting lineup Monday night against Tampa Bay.

Cervelli hasn't played since Sept. 2 due to migraines. He has been pain-free for nearly a week, but has not been cleared to return to the starting lineup. He is hitting .280 with two homers and 11 RBI over 118 at-bats.

Alex Avila could miss a week of action
by Igor Mello |
(9/15/2014) Tigers catcher Alex Avila could miss at least a week of action, manager Brad Ausmus told on Monday. Avilla was pulled in the eighth inning on Sunday because of lightheadedness.

"If this was pre-Sept. 1, he would probably be on the 7-day disabled list, because you'd need another catcher," Ausmus said.

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