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Catching-starved Pirates get Ryan Doumit back from DL

Aug 3, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT


Injuries to Chris Snyder, Ryan Doumit, and Jason Jaramillo left the Pirates so short on catching depth that they had to trade for 26-year-old career minor leaguer Michael McKenry and make him the starter.

McKenry has predictably hit just .256 with a measly .642 OPS in 37 games, but his reign as the primary catcher is likely over with Doumit returning from the disabled list today after missing the past two months with an ankle injury.

Under normal circumstances the Pirates prefer to play Doumit in the outfield because his defense behind the plate leaves something to be desired, but they’ll gladly use him at catcher right now and hope the offensive upgrade from McKenry makes it a worthwhile move.

  1. kirkmack - Aug 3, 2011 at 2:17 PM

    And yet- McKenry would be a huge upgrade over the three-headed, no bat monster that was starting for the Twins most of the first half of the season…

  2. El Jefe - Aug 3, 2011 at 2:18 PM

    Yet that .642 OPS is still almost 200 points higher than what Minnesota was getting from their catcher (Drew Butera, owner of a .480 OPS) when Mauer was out.

    • kirkmack - Aug 3, 2011 at 2:21 PM

      I like your thinking, Jefe

  3. parlorboss - Aug 3, 2011 at 2:50 PM

    “Fort” McKenry has actually become a fan favorite in Pittsburgh for his defense and one huge HR against the Cubs, but I agree that Hurdle has to get “No-Mitt” Doumit’s bat into the lineup on a regular basis, even if it costs the Buccos defensively.

    With three new additions in the last week, this actually looks like a half-decent major league lineup, and will be better once Presely and/or Tabata returns:

    Jones (2 HR last night)
    D. Lee

  4. Jonny 5 - Aug 3, 2011 at 2:55 PM

    I feel like he’s trying to steal my soul when I look at his eyes….

  5. losburrosinblue - Aug 3, 2011 at 3:00 PM

    With numbers like that, McKenry might be an upgrade for the Dodgers, too.

    • losburrosinblue - Aug 3, 2011 at 3:17 PM

      Wow. Just looked at the stats and noticed that Dioner Navarro ranks 4th in OPS in the last 30 days among catchers. Nevermind, give McKenry to the Twins.

  6. parlorboss - Aug 3, 2011 at 3:16 PM

    Hurdle apparently isn’t throwing Doumit straight back into the starter’s role, at least not tonight:

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