The A’s signed a veteran backup catcher who used to play for the Giants. Now the Giants sign a veteran backup catcher who used to play for the A’s. Time is a flat circle or something.
The catcher in question here is Stephen Vogt, who now has a minor league deal with the Giants, pending a physical. In his case the physical is more than a formality, though, as he’s coming off of a shoulder injury that resulted in surgery and has yet to throw from the crouch, which is rather important. Vogt missed all of last season due to the injury. He hit .233/.285/.423 over 303 plate appearances between the Athletics and Brewers in 2017.
Diamondbacks starter Zack Greinke continued to swing a good stick, belting his third homer of the season on Monday night against the Dodgers. With the game tied 3-3 in the second inning, Greinke lined a 1-1 Clayton Kershaw fastball over the fence in left field for a solo homer.
Greinke is the third pitcher to homer off of Kershaw, joining Madison Bumgarner and Tyson Ross. He’s No. 4 if you count Brandon Woodruff‘s home run in Game 1 of the NLCS last year. Greinke now has three homers on the season, setting a career-high. He’s batting .314/.351/.686 with six RBI, seven runs scored, and a stolen base along with the trio of dingers. Absurd numbers from a pitcher.