Sun, 22 Jun 2014 10:11:02 -0700
San Diego Padres 3B Chase Headley (back, leg) revealed that he has been bothered by back and leg pain for the last month caused by a herniated disc. He is optimistic that he can return to the lineup in a few days but said no concrete timetable exists for treatment.
Fantasy Tip: INFs Alexi Amarista and Jace Peterson will split time between second base and third base until Headley returns to action. Cs Yasmani Grandal and Rene Rivera are emergency options for playing the hot corner. None of these players make appealing fantasy options, with the possible exception of deep NL-only leagues.
Wed, 21 May 2014 10:27:31 -0700
San Diego Padres C Rene Rivera has a slash line of .333/.364/.762 with two home runs and six RBIs in May, and manager Bud Black credits work that Rivera has put in with the hitting coaches for his recent success.
Fantasy Tip: Unfortunately, Rivera is splitting his time with Yasmani Grandal, making him valuable only in very deep two-catcher or NL-only leagues right now.
Wed, 26 Mar 2014 14:01:45 -0700
San Diego Padres C Yasmani Grandal (knee) has progressed to the point where he has been able to catch nine innings in spring games, and he could make the roster as the second catcher to C Nick Hundley. However, the team likes C Rene Rivera, who is out of minor league options and would likely be scooped up if they try to pass him through waivers.
Fantasy Tip: The Friars probably won't rush Grandal back, since he's ahead of schedule in his rehab from knee surgery. He could be a nice second catching option for those in two-catcher leagues in the second half of the season, though.
Sun, 16 Feb 2014 20:21:16 -0800
While it is possible the San Diego Padres could carry three catchers to open the season, the likely scenario is carrying two catchers. Cs Yasmani Grandal and Nick Hundley are expected to be the top two guys, with C Rene Rivera likely on the outside looking in.
Sat, 15 Feb 2014 11:46:49 -0800
San Diego Padres C Rene Rivera lost 25 pounds during the offseason in an attempt to increase his agility behind the plate.
Sat, 28 Sep 2013 11:06:17 -0700
San Diego Padres C Rene Rivera has joined his wife in Puerto Rico as they await the birth of twins. Chris Robinson is expected to start behind the plate against the San Francisco Giants Saturday, Sept. 28.
Thu, 15 Aug 2013 14:59:15 -0700
The San Diego Padres placed C Nick Hundley on the paternity list Thursday, Aug. 15, and recalled C Chris Robinson from the minors in a corresponding move. Also, SP Jason Marquis (elbow) was moved to the 60-day disabled list.
Fantasy Tip: Hundley will only be out a maximum of three games. Robinson and Rene Rivera will split the catching duties until then. They aren't worthy of addition in any fantasy format.
Wed, 27 Mar 2013 14:26:57 -0700
The San Diego Padres released P Erik Hamren and reassigned Ps Tim Stauffer and Sean O'Sullivan, C Rene Rivera, OF Travis Buck and 2B Gregorio Petit to minor league camp Wednesday, March 27.
Wed, 12 Dec 2012 13:05:43 -0800
The San Diego Padres signed free-agent SP Sean O'Sullivan (Blue Jays), INF Gregorio Petit (Indians) and C Rene Rivera (Twins) to minor league deals with invitations to spring training Wednesday, Dec. 12.
Thu, 19 Apr 2012 16:22:10 -0700
Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire is debating calling up a third catcher from Triple-A Rochester, and his options include Cs Drew Butera, Rene Rivera and J.R. Towles. Butera is hitting .250 with one homer and three RBIs, Rivera is hitting .192 with two solo homers and Towles is batting .136 with no RBIs. A move is unlikely to come before Sunday, April 22.