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Rivera is out of the lineup for Friday's game against the Yankees, Roger Mooney of The Tampa Tribune reports.

After starting the last two games behind the plate, Rivera will give way to Bobby Wilson on Friday. Rivera will have started nine of Tampa Bay's first 11 games, albeit with one of those starts coming at first base.

Rene Rivera C TB 6 days ago

Rivera is out of the lineup Saturday against the Marlins.

Rivera will miss his first game of the season, which isn't a surprise due to catchers needing rest. Bobby Wilson is taking over for Saturday, but Rivera should be back Sunday.

Rene Rivera C TB 3 weeks ago

Rivera (calf) will be back in the lineup at catcher for the Rays on Wednesday.

Rivera's recent calf tightness was originally though to be just a minor issue and that indeed seems to have been the case. The 31-year-old catcher will be back behind the plate and bat second in the lineup Wednesday afternoon. Rivera will enter the 2015 regular season as the Rays' starting backstop.

Rene Rivera C TB 4 weeks ago

Rivera (calf) is not expected to be back behind the plate for the Rays until Wednesday, Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune reports.

Rivera is experiencing what Manage Kevin Cash has referred to as "very, very minor" tightness in his left calf. Cash has also stated that the 31-year-old catcher might be in the lineup as a DH over the next few days, but will not be at catcher until after Tuesday's off day. Rivera has gone 4-for-19 with a homer and two doubles so far this spring.

Rene Rivera C TB 3 months ago

Rivera agreed with the Rays on a one-year, $1.2 million contract to avoid arbitration, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

This is a slight raise for Rivera after his breakout season in 2014 that eventually saw him dealt to the Rays. He doesn't hit many home runs and much of his value is tied to defense, so he's likely more useful in the major leagues than the fantasy leagues.

Rene Rivera C TB 4 months ago

Rivera was traded to the Rays on Wednesday as part of a three-team deal, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports.

Rivera enjoyed a breakout season in 2014 with the Padres, slashing .252/.319/.432 over 329 plate appearances. He was also strong defensively, throwing out 36 percent of runners attempting to steal. Rivera should see an immediate opportunity to serve as the primary catcher in his new home, where he'll presumably work ahead of Curt Casali on the depth chart.

Rene Rivera C TB 7 months ago

Rivera went 2-for-4 with two RBI against the Giants on Friday night.

The 30-year old Rivera has likely played himself into a timeshare at catcher in 2015, with 11 homers and 44 RBI in 289 at-bats. Rivera (.256/.324/.439) gives the Padres a quality power bat towards the bottom of the lineup.

Rene Rivera C TB 7 months ago

Rivera is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Rockies.

Adam Moore will step in behind the plate for his first start in a Padres uniform, as Rivera sits after starting four straight. Prior to his 0-for-4 showing Tuesday, Rivera had collected multiple hits in three straight games, raising his second-half batting line to .283/.354/.434.

Rene Rivera C TB 7 months ago

Rivera went 2-for-4 with an RBI double Monday in a win over the Rockies.

Rivera knocked in the only run of the game in the first inning form the cleanup spot. The 31-year-old notched his third consecutive multi-hit game.

Rene Rivera C TB 7 months ago

Rivera is out of the lineup Thursday against the Phillies, MLB.com reports.

Rivera will be granted the day off after starting three games in a row at catcher. Yasmani Grandal will serve as a battery mate for Robbie Erlin.