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Pirates’ starting catcher Chris Snyder to have back surgery

Jun 9, 2011, 5:40 PM EDT

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UPDATE: Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports that Snyder needs surgery and may be lost for the season.

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Coming into the season the Pirates had so much catching depth that they were desperately trying to trade Ryan Doumit rather than use him as a part-time outfielder, but now Doumit is on the disabled list with an ankle injury and starting catcher Chris Snyder has joined him on the shelf.

Snyder, who began the season on the DL with a lower back injury, is sidelined again by the same problem, according to Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com.

To make matters worse, would-be call-up Jason Jaramillo is on the DL at Triple-A with an elbow injury, which leaves minor-league veterans Dusty Brown and Wyatt Toregas to split time behind the plate in Pittsburgh for now.

Former first-round pick Tony Sanchez is the Pirates’ long-term answer at catcher, but he’s just 23 years old and not exactly dominating at Double-A with a .725 OPS in 46 games. Langosch writes that “Sanchez is not coming up … he isn’t even moving to Triple-A.” She speculates that the Pirates could claim Jake Fox off waivers after he was designated for assignment by the Orioles last week, but there are plenty of questions about how useful he can be as a catcher defensively.

  1. Joe - Jun 9, 2011 at 4:04 PM

    Yay for Dusty Brown!

  2. jwbiii - Jun 9, 2011 at 6:40 PM

    there are plenty of questions about how useful [Jake Fox] can be as a catcher defensively.

    No, I think those questions have been answered.

  3. Jeremiah Graves - Jun 9, 2011 at 9:26 PM

    I believe the only question left at this point is “Why?!”

    …or perhaps “Oh Dear God, Why?!…just why?!”

    Other than that…yeah, we know what we’ve got in Jake Fox.

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