Casey Kotchman
1B FA
Mon 2/18/13 1:52 PM

Casey Kotchman sliced his left ring finger on a pop fly machine Monday afternoon in Marlins camp.

Kotchman needed four stitches but should be back in action within the next couple of days. The 29-year-old first baseman signed a minor league contract with the Fish earlier this month and is hoping to win a bench spot.

Casey Kotchman
1B FA
Fri 2/15/13 2:11 PM

Marlins signed 1B Casey Kotchman to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

The Marlins are moving Logan Morrison to first base this season, but he's recovering from knee surgery and might not be ready for Opening Day. Kotchman will offer protection at the position and then could stick around in a bench role when LoMo is healthy. The soon-to-be 30-year-old batted just .229/.280/.333 for the Indians last season.

Casey Kotchman
1B FA
Sat 1/12/13 4:26 PM

According to Rob Bradford of WEEI.com, the Red Sox have shown interest in free agent first basemen Casey Kotchman and Lyle Overbay.

But Bradford notes that the Boston front office is not currently engaged in active discussions with either player. With the Mike Napoli deal still in jeopardy, the Red Sox are likely just seeking out a couple of cheap fallback options. Kotchman posted an abysmal .229/.280/.333 batting line for the Indians in 2012.

Casey Kotchman
1B FA
Thu 9/20/12 3:27 PM

Casey Kotchman's third hit of the day was an RBI single in the bottom of the 10th to win Thursday's game against the Twins.

Kotchman also had a double in the contest, his first since Aug. 7. He has 12 doubles and 12 homers in 433 at-bats for the season, which isn't at all typical for him. In each of his previous five relatively full seasons, he had collected at least twice as many doubles as homers. In 2007, his best season, he had 37 doubles and 11 homers in 443 at-bats.

Casey Kotchman
1B FA
Sat 9/1/12 12:28 AM

Casey Kotchman blasted a two-run homer in a losing effort against the Rangers on Friday.

The ninth-inning blast off Koji Uehara was his only hit in four trips to the plate. He has predictably come back to Earth after a dream 2011 season, hitting .235/.294/.356 with 12 homers and 47 RBI.

Casey Kotchman
1B FA
Wed 7/25/12 10:23 PM

Casey Kotchman hit a two-run homer in Wednesday's loss to the Tigers.

Kotchman's third-inning blast was the extent of the Indians offense during Max Scherzer's seven innings of work for Detroit. The bomb was Kotchman's 10th of the year, and fourth of the month. Kotchman has upped his slash to .233/.294/.368 from .224/.280/.333 on July 1, but remains off the radar in all but the deepest of mixed leagues.

Casey Kotchman
1B FA
Sun 7/8/12 4:33 PM

Casey Kotchman went 3-for-5 with a home run and three RBI in Sunday's loss to the Rays.

Kotchman singled home two runs in the second before taking James Shields deep for a solo shot in the fourth. Coming off a June where he hit just .229/.247/.349, Kotchman is now 10 for his first 24 in July (.416), and has driven in seven runs in eight games. He's still not a recommended option in mixed leagues, of course.

Casey Kotchman
1B FA
Tue 5/8/12 5:09 AM

Casey Kotchman went 1-for-4 with three RBI in the first game of Monday's doubleheader against the White Sox.

It's been a rough start for Kotchman, who is batting only .167 with two homers in 84 at-bats. Surprisingly, he has tied a career high with three steals. But that's not much of a silver lining.

Casey Kotchman
1B FA
Sun 4/15/12 6:25 PM

Casey Kotchman went 3-for-4 with a home run, two RBI, three runs scored and a stolen base in Sunday's wipeout of the Royals.

Kotchman, who entered Sunday batting just .143/.200/.250, has now homered in back-to-back games, as well as stolen a base. Kotchman is extremely unlikely to repeat his .306/.378/.422 2011, but also shouldn't be in store for a flashback to his .217/.280/.336 2010 with the Mariners. He should split the difference on his way to solid AL-only league value.

Casey Kotchman
1B FA
Sat 3/17/12 5:50 PM

Casey Kotchman (back) has been medically cleared by the Indians' training staff.

Kotchman hasn't played in the last seven games due to lower back stiffness. "I've taken BP (batting practice) the last two days," Kotchman said. "I'm not sure when I'm going to get back into games, but it's progressing favorably." Barring a setback, Kotchman is expected to play in Sunday's game against Kansas City.