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Arizona catcher Laird to DL with lower-back tightness

PHOENIX (AP) The Arizona Diamondbacks have recalled right-hander A.J. Schugel from Triple-A Reno and placed catcher Gerald Laird on the 15-day disabled list with a lower-back spasms. Laird went on the DL retroactive to April 9. The 25-year-old Schugel went 6-4 with a 3.47 ERA in 26 starts with Double-A Mobile last year. He was acquired in a three-team trade in 2013 with the Los...
Via AP on Fox
April 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Veteran catcher Laird gets minor-league deal with D-backs

PHOENIX -- The Diamondbacks have signed veteran catcher Gerald Laird to a minor-league contract, and he'll be in the mix for a catching spot on the major-league roster. Laird, 35, a Valley resident, has 12 years of major league experience and has played for four teams. He hit .204 with no home runs and 10 RBI in 53 games for Atlanta last season, his second with the Braves. The D...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
February 03, 2015  |  Discuss

D-Backs agree to minor league deal with catcher Laird

PHOENIX (AP) Veteran catcher Gerald Laird has agreed to a minor league contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Laird will compete for playing time with a team that has a severe shortage at the position after trading Miguel Montero to the Chicago White Sox. Tuffy Gosewisch, last year's backup, appears to be the front-runner for the everyday catcher's job. The 35-year-old Laird played...
Via AP on Fox
February 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Braves Injury Update: Gerald Laird passes concussion test

Atlanta Braves backup catcher Gerald Laird was forced to leave Thursday's 10-3 loss against the Colorado Rockies in the eighth inning after being hit in the head by Corey Dickerson's backswing, having been hit by Dickerson's foul tip earlier in the at-bat (video here and below). Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports that Laird passed preliminary concussion tests, but will undergo further...
Via Sports Injury Alert
June 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Caray: Thoughts on La Stella, Laird's importance, state of NL East

FOXSportsSouth.com checks in with play-by-play announcer Chip Caray to discuss the latest surrounding the Braves. FOXSPORTSOUTH.COM: Fans had been clamoring for the debut of Tommy La Stella and he looks as advertised, with the plate discipline he displayed in the minors. Can he be that consistent bat the team has needed at second base? CHIP CARAY: I think we should put him in the...
Via Fox Sports South
May 29, 2014  |  Discuss

FG on Fox: New Change-Ups in Atlanta

“It’??s the second-best pitch in baseball after the fastball”? said Braves catcher Gerald Laird, when talking about the change-up. The arm action is the same as a fastball, the seams come out looking the same, there’??s not many release point clues that it’??s coming, and then “??the ball is just not there.”? For the first […]
Via Fangraphs
May 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Braves' Teheran takes loss, impresses in Opening Day start

Last season, Gerald Laird sat in front of his locker in the Atlanta Braves' clubhouse and discussed rookie pitcher Julio Teheran's improving defense, but his comments eventually hit on some all-inconclusive points concerning the pitching profession. The veteran catcher has caught plenty of excellent pitchers in what is now his 11th season in the major leagues, and he had an idea...
Via Fox Sports South
March 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Braves' Gerald Laird out with back spasms, Justin Upton still out with sore hip

The Atlanta Braves lost to the Detroit Tigers on Thursday by the score of 5-2.  The loss dropped the Braves to 0-2 this spring.  During the first inning, back up catcher Gerald Laird left with back spasms.  The injury apparently occurred on a swing in his at bat in the top of the first inning.  There was also no update on the condition of outfielder Justin Upton, who has missed...
Via Sports Injury Alert
February 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Chopcast: New home plate rules, Braves news and notes

When asking Braves veteran catcher Gerald Laird about the then-prospective new rules regarding catcher-runner relations and home plate collisions last Wednesday, it became immediately obvious that any decision made by baseball would not come without second guesses. Those rules, including mandates on when a runner can collide with an opposing catcher and how much of the plate that...
Via Fox Sports South
February 25, 2014  |  Discuss
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