Rene Rivera C TB 1 day ago

Rivera is out of the lineup Sunday against the Athletics, Steve Carney of WDAE 620 AM reports.

Rivera will give way to Bobby Wilson after starting the first two games of the series. While he's provided strong defensive work behind the plate this season, Rivera's .185 on-base percentage is a major blight on the Rays' lineup.

Rene Rivera C TB 4 days ago

Rivera is not in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Athletics.

Rivera has struggled at the plate this season as he sports a slash line of just .144/.188/.234, but this appears to be just a standard day of rest after catching five of the previous six games. Bobby Wilson will get the start behind the plate in his stead.

Rene Rivera C TB 1 week ago

Rivera is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Twins, Bill Chastain of MLB.com reports.

Rivera is getting some standard catcher rest, but it's worth noting he had started eight of the Rays' last nine games. He's had four hits in that span, raising his batting average from .129 to .143. Bobby Wilson will man the plate for Sunday's game.

Rene Rivera C TB 1 week ago

Rivera had just his second multi-hit game of the season Thursday, going 2-for-4 with a home run and four RBI.

Rivera has had a very disappointing 2015 so far, but he's bound to get better as the season progresses. Even though there have been drops in line drive rate and hard-hit balls, Rivera's .176 BABIP should be in store for some positive regression.

Rene Rivera C TB 2 weeks ago

Rivera is not in the starting lineup Wednesday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Bobby Wilson is getting the nod behind the plate and batting ninth Wednesday while Rivera takes a seat.

Rene Rivera C TB 3 weeks ago

Rivera is out of the lineup Thursday against the Rangers, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Rivera will now sit for the fourth time in the last eight games in favor of Bobby Wilson. Neither of the two backstops has been impressive thus far offensively, and they'll likely continue splitting duties unless one or the other separates himself.

Rene Rivera C TB 3 weeks ago

Rivera is out of the lineup Tuesday against the Red Sox, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Rivera is getting a day off in favor of Bobby Wilson, who has also been a disaster at the plate. Rivera owns a .128/.160/.192 slash line, and he only has one multi-hit game all season. He's also 0-for-15 in his last four games, but the Rays simply don't have a better alternative. Regardless of how the team feels about Rivera and Wilson defensively, the position may eventually need to be addressed via an external addition.

Rene Rivera C TB 4 weeks ago

Rivera is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Yankees, Bill Chastain of MLB.com reports.

Rivera appears to be receiving a rest day behind the plate Wednesday in favor of Bobby Wilson. He continues to be the Rays' primary backstop, but a .149/.224/.186 batting line isn't doing him any favors in that regard.

Rene Rivera C TB 4 weeks ago

Rivera was held hitless Tuesday against the Yankees in four plate appearances.

Rivera has gotten off to a slow offensive start to the season, only recording one multi-hit game in 20 starts. He started out the season without picking up a hit in his first five games, and still has an on-base percentage of just .197.

Rene Rivera C TB 1 month ago

Rivera is out of the lineup Saturday.

This is just a standard day off for Rivera, who hit his first home run of the season Friday night. Bobby Wilson will get the start behind the dish Saturday.