Dodgers starting catcher Yasmani Grandal appears to have avoided a serious jaw injury after being hit by a foul ball Sunday, but backup catcher A.J. Ellis has been placed on the disabled list with knee inflammation.
Grandal’s arrival this offseason pushed Ellis into a lesser role, as he went from averaging 433 plate appearances during the previous three seasons to logging just 106 plate appearances so far this year.
Austin Barnes is getting the starting behind the plate tonight and figures to take over for Ellis as Grandal’s understudy.
Jon Heyman reports that the Cardinals and free agent catcher Matt Wieters have agreed on a one-year, $2 million deal. Wieters can earn an additional $1 million through incentives.
Wieters, 33, spent last season with the Cardinals as Yadier Molina‘s backup. In 67 games, the veteran hit .214/.268/.435 with 11 home runs and 27 RBI. While Wieters has left something to be desired offensively in recent years, he still plays solid defense behind the plate.
Wieters will once again serve as the backup to Molina. Catching prospect Andrew Knizner is expected to start the season at Triple-A Memphis.