BEEK'S BLOG: Catching situation solved

Posted by Brian VanderBeek on May 4, 2013 

— Much of Friday night’s game story was devoted to the discussion of Modesto’s inability to get both Ryan Casteel and Will Swanner in the lineup at the same time.

Swanner is the everyday catcher and will get the majority of the starts behind the plate, while Casteel is the backup catcher who just happens to be the team’s best hitter at the fifth pole of the season.

To get both in the lineup at the same time would require one to be the designated hitter, and by nature of the position the Nuts would be begging for disaster, since an injury to the catcher would require the DH to move behind the plate and then pitchers would have to hit and Earth would cease to exist.

While I’d love to think that what I write has an impact on the thinking at Rockies’ headquarters in Denver, such would be folly. Nonetheless, Casteel and Swanner both are in the Nuts’ lineup for Saturday’s game - a move made possible by the addition of catcher Drew Beuerlein to the roster from low-A Asheville.

With Casteel and Swanner in the lineup, and with Sam Mende and Taylor Featherston at full strength after opening the season injured and in extended spring training, this marks the first time this season the Nuts’ lineup could be considered at full strength.

“That’s where we sit right now, and we’ll see what happens,” said manager Lenn Sakata. “Just having that threat in the lineup makes the whole lineup better and will give the other guys confidence. They’ll know they don’t have to take on all the responsibility for the offense.

“When Swanner and (Trevor) Story start to hit consistently, we could have a situation where a different guy could be stepping up every night. That’s the new picture, and we’re waiting for it to happen.”

Mende, who had been on the disabled list, was added to the roster on Saturday. To make room for him and Beuerlein, infielder Zach Osborne and pitcher Nick Schnaitmann were placed on the inactive list.

NUTS SUITE UP FOR GRABS IN CHARITY AUCTION

Umps Care Charities, a non-profit organization run under the supervision of Major League Baseball, is in the middle of a 10-day auction for major and minor league baseball-related gear and experiences.

Included in the auction are more than 50 minor league suite and group ticket packages, including one donated by the Modesto Nuts for a game night in a suite for up to 16 people, with an opening bid of $135.

Umps Care Charities supports several causes, including providing Build-A-Bear opportunities for children with cancer, Major League Baseball experiences for children awaiting adoption and a college scholarship program.

For information on all auction items and to bid on the Nuts’ suite, visit the official Web site at http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/official_info/umpires/umpscare_auction.jsp

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