Facing Dodger reliever Chris Hatcher in the eight inning, Knapp took an 0-2 splitter and sent it over the right-center field wall to give the Phillies what was an insurance run at the time. The 25-year-old has a good history of hitting success in the minors, and after Saturday's showing, he's now batting .304 on the season despite being in a part-time role behind primary catcher Cameron Rupp.
The 30-year-old seized the primary catching duties earlier in the month by getting off to a solid start at the plate, but since the demotion of fellow backstop Carlos Perez, Maldonado is batting just .182 with seven strikeouts in 22 at-bats. Neither Perez nor current backup Juan Graterol have proven to be competent hitters in the major leagues, but Maldonado will need to pick things up if he wants to avoid becoming part of a timeshare with his younger counterparts.
The backstop has been seeing semi-regular playing time and producing when in the lineup. Montero sports an impressive .394/.429/.606 slash line over 35 plate appearances. However, without more consistent at-bats, his counting stats aren't going to add up very fast.
The catching prospect has been out since mid-March due to a hairline fracture in his right forearm, but a little over a month of rest seems to have done the trick for the healing process. Murphy will likely need a decent number of rehab innings prior to his return due to how early in the spring the injury occurred, but this news seems to show that he's on track to return within the four-to-six week timetable initially offered by team doctors.
It will be the fourth time in the last six games that Iannetta takes a seat, serving as further evidence that the veteran has not solidified the primary catcher spot for the D-Backs. Jeff Mathis gets the start Saturday, something that has become a common occurrence in a lineup that has scored 133 runs this season, second-most in the majors.
It will be the first time this season Posey doesn't hit in the cleanup spot, as that honor will go to Michael Morse instead. With Hunter Pence out of the lineup, manager Bruce Bochy decided to mix up the lineup for Saturday's contest, but it's unlikely to be on a permanent basis. Posey is off to a solid start from the plate, hitting .357 over 16 games.
It's a regular day off for the veteran backstop and allows Andrew Knapp to get some playing time. Rupp is hitting just .180 this season, in addition to a .340 slugging percentage and 20 strikeouts.
The tightness was bad enough to warrant a mid-game meeting with trainers, but d'Arnaud stayed in throughout the entirety of the contest, going 0-for-3 with an RBI and a run. Consider him day-to-day heading into the off day.
Romine cranked out a solo shot in the sixth inning to extend the Yankees lead in an easy victory. He's been an outstanding replacement for fantasy owners who picked him up while Gary Sanchez (biceps) misses time, as he's hit safely in 10 of his last 15 games while blasting a pair of homers.
He threw to the bases Saturday in full catching gear and will begin a rehab assignment Tuesday with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. It would be a little risky to deploy him next week in hopes of cashing in on a couple starts in that series at Wrigley Field, but it sounds like he could return against the reigning World Series champs.