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Rene Rivera | Catcher

Team: Tampa Bay Rays
Age / DOB:  (31) / 7/31/1983
Ht / Wt:  5'10" / 215
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Rene Rivera is not in the Rays' lineup Sunday.
It's a routine day off. Bobby Wilson is behind the plate while Rivera rests. May 17 - 11:35 AM

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Rene Rivera contributed a three-run homer and an RBI single Thursday versus the Yankees.

Rivera drove in his first runs since April 24 and collected his first multihit game since April 12. He entered the night with a .126/.178/.200 line in 95 at-bats. The Rays like his defense, though.
May 14 - 10:10 PM

Rene Rivera is not in the Rays' lineup Wednesday.

It's just a day of rest. Bobby Wilson is behind the dish Wednesday in Rivera's place.
May 13 - 2:58 PM

Rene Rivera is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Red Sox.

This is probably a much needed off-day for Rivera, who is in the midst of an 0-for-17 slump. For the 2015 season, he's hitting a tough .128/.160/.192 over 78 at-bats. Bobby Wilson, currently in an 0-for-15 slump, will take his place.
May 5 - 3:22 PM

Rene Rivera singled in pinch-runner Tim Beckham in the bottom of the ninth to give the Rays a 2-1 win over the Red Sox on Thursday.

Rivera was surely happy to contribute offensively; he's batting just .135 with two doubles, three RBI and one walk in 52 at-bats for the season. Of course, the Rays care more about his defense, and they're not going to be totally surprised if last year's .252/.319/.432 line with the Padres proves to be a fluke.
Apr 23 - 10:47 PM

Rene Rivera will start at first base Tuesday against the Blue Jays.

Rivera made three appearances at first base with the Padres last season, but this will be his first start at the position in the majors. The Rays are going with an all right-handed lineup against left-hander Daniel Norris: Brandon Guyer LF, Steven Souza RF, Asdrubal Cabrera DH, Evan Longoria 3B, Desmond Jennings CF, Logan Forsythe 2B, Rivera 1B, Tim Beckham SS, Bobby Wilson C.
Apr 14 - 4:03 PM

Rene Rivera went 3-for-4 with a pair of RBI doubles in Sunday's victory versus the Marlins.

Rivera hit RBI doubles in the sixth and eighth innings in what was yet another slugfest with the Marlins. Rivera had been 0-for-16 entering Sunday's game. The 31-year-old catcher was a surprise offensively last season, finishing with a .751 OPS, 11 home runs, and 44 RBI in 329 plate appearances for the Padres.
Apr 12 - 4:44 PM

Rene Rivera (calf) will return to Grapefruit League action on Wednesday.

Rivera took swings on Monday and was given clearance to return to games following Tuesday's off day. The 31-year-old backstop has been slowed by a tight left calf for a few days.
Source: Rays.mlb.com
Mar 23 - 6:42 PM

Rays manager Kevin Cash said Saturday that Rene Rivera is currently dealing with tightness in his left calf.

Cash hopes to get him into a game as the designated hitter in a couple of days, and doesn't believe that the injury will be a major issue. Rivera is slated to be the Rays primary backstop this season, and could be a sneaky pickup in the later rounds of two-catcher formats.
Mar 21 - 10:19 AM

Rene Rivera went 2-for-3 and hit a two-run homer Saturday against the Orioles.

A study in perseverance, Rivera had 294 at-bats for the Padres last year after collecting a total of 321 in the majors over the previous 10 seasons. He'll be the Rays' starting catcher this year, and while he shouldn't be expected to hit as well again, he'll show a little pop to go along with his strong glove.
Mar 14 - 5:13 PM

Rays and C Rene Rivera avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.2 million contract.

He can earn $200,000 more through incentives. Rivera had a mini-breakout for the Padres in 2014 and is set to serve as the Rays' regular catcher after arriving in Tampa in last month's three-team trade.
Jan 16 - 1:50 PM

Rays acquired C Rene Rivera from the Padres in the Wil Myers trade.

Rivera has been a journeyman for much of his career but thrived when given a real shot at playing time in 2014, batting .252/.319/.432 with 11 homers while drawing rave reviews for his pitch-framing and defense. He seems unlikely to repeat his year offensively, but Rivera will be the primary catcher for the Rays.
Fri, Dec 19, 2014 12:41:00 PM

Rene Rivera went 2-for-4 with two RBI in a win over the Giants on Sunday.

Rivera had an RBI groundout in the sixth inning, adding a run-scoring single in the seventh as well. Rivera has four RBI over his last two games, giving him 40 RBI on the year. He's moved into an everyday role with Yasmani Grandal manning first base, and Rivera is hitting .252/.319/.431 on the season.
Sun, Sep 21, 2014 10:26:00 PM

Cleanup hitter Rene Rivera hit his 10th homer Friday to lead the Padres to a 6-5 win over the Diamondbacks.

Rivera was 5-for-30 with two RBI in 10 games this month before his solo shot tonight. The homer off Vidal Nuno was his sixth in 89 at-bats against left-handed pitchers this year. He has four in 163 at-bats against right-handed pitching, which is why he's still hitting lower in the order versus righties.
Sat, Sep 13, 2014 01:54:00 AM

Rene Rivera had a great night at the dish, going 3-for-5 with a solo home run and a two-run single in Thursday's win against the Cubs.

Rivera entered the night having logged just one hit in his last 17 plate appearances, so he busted out of the slump in a big way. He took Edwin Jackson deep for a solo shot in the fifth inning, then singled to right to drive in two in the sixth. Rivera has done well in the power department, but hasn't done much else, slashing .228/.286/.436 with seven home runs and 26 RBI on the season.
Thu, Jul 24, 2014 11:48:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Rene Rivera
2Curt Casali
1B1James Loney
2Marc Krauss
2B1Logan Forsythe
SS1Asdrubal Cabrera
2Jake Elmore
3B1Evan Longoria
LF1Desmond Jennings
2Joey Butler
CF1Kevin Kiermaier
RF1Steven Souza
2Brandon Guyer
3Grady Sizemore
DH1John Jaso
2David DeJesus
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Chris Archer
2Jake Odorizzi
3Matt Moore
4Nate Karns
5Alex Colome
6Erasmo Ramirez
7Alex Cobb
8Drew Smyly
9Burch Smith
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Brad Boxberger
2Jake McGee
3Kevin Jepsen
4Jeff Beliveau
5Steve Geltz
6Brandon Gomes
7Xavier Cedeno
8Andrew Bellatti
9Preston Guilmet
10C.J. Riefenhauser