Rene Rivera C TB 1 day ago

Rivera isn't in Wednesday's lineup against the Indians, Roger Mooney of The Tampa Tribune reports.

Considering Rivera's meager .165/.204/.280 batting line through 67 games this season, it's not a big surprise that he's seeing more consistent days off than most primary catchers. He hasn't lived up to what the Rays envisioned after they traded for him in the offseason, as he's nearing career-low numbers in many categories.

Rene Rivera C TB 6 days ago

Rivera is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Red Sox, 620 WDAE's Steve Carney reports.

Following an off day, Curt Casali will make a second straight start behind the plate. The Rays don't value Rivera for his offense, but he's been so bad in the batter's box that the team may start giving Casali more playing time, although it wouldn't necessarily be an upgrade. With a .162/.203/.262 slash line through 205 plate appearances, Rivera hasn't been able to build on his surprisingly strong finish to last season.

Rene Rivera C TB 1 week ago

Rivera is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Blue Jays.

Rivera will get the day off with the Rays playing a day game following a night game Wednesday. Curt Casali will get the start behind the plate in Rivera's place.

Rene Rivera C TB 1 week ago

Rivera is back in the lineup Monday against the Blue Jays, Steve Carney of WDAE 620 AM reports.

After Curt Casali caught Sunday's game, Rivera returns to the starting lineup while batting ninth. In 61 games this season, he's hitting for a .165/.203/.264 slash line and will need to improve if he wants to hold on to his starting spot.

Rene Rivera C TB 2 weeks ago

Rivera is out of the lineup Sunday against the Indians, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Rivera has caught three straight games and six of the last seven, so it was time for a regular day off for the Rays' primary catcher. Curt Casali will man the backstop in his stead.

Rene Rivera C TB 3 weeks ago

Rivera is out of the lineup Friday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

It's probably just a standard day off for Rivera, who has seen his backup switch from Bobby Wilson to Curt Casali. Given the lack of quality backups, Rivera has some wiggle room to get his performance at the plate back up before he has to worry about lost playing time.

Rene Rivera C TB 4 weeks ago

Rivera is out of the lineup Friday.

This is just a standard day off for Rivera, as he has caught the last four days, despite sporting a .160 batting average. Bobby Wilson will get the start at catcher.

Rene Rivera C TB 1 month ago

Rivera is not in the lineup Sunday agains the Orioles, Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune reports.

Rivera has caught five straight games for the Rays, so it was time for a regular day off. Bobby Wilson will get the starting nod behind the plate.

Rene Rivera C TB 1 month 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 1 month 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.