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There are conflicting reports about Ryan Doumit’s future as a catcher

Jan 26, 2014, 4:40 PM EDT

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The Braves acquired Ryan Doumit in a trade with the Twins last month, expecting him to contribute mostly off the bench as a pinch-hitter. Doumit had suffered a concussion in August. While he made a few starts behind the dish upon his return in mid-August, he contributed only as a pinch-hitter, DH, and occasional outfielder in September.

Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press spoke to Brian Dozier, a former teammate of Doumit’s, who said that Doumit is “not catching anymore”. However, David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution is refuting that report:

Even if Doumit didn’t want to catch, it wouldn’t have been a huge blow to the Braves. It would simply mean that the Braves wouldn’t be able to pinch-hit with Evan Gattis or Gerald Laird without risking entering an emergency situation without a back-up catcher.

Last season, Doumit posted a .710 OPS in 538 trips to the plate with the Twins. He turns 33 years old on April 2. The Braves will be paying him $3.5 million in the last of a two-year deal originally signed with the Twins in June 2012.

  1. twinfan24 - Jan 26, 2014 at 6:32 PM

    Having him on the bench as an emergency catcher might be a better fit than starting him as a catcher. Usually, when a team holds back their backup catcher in a game, they are only going to play if the starting catcher gets hurt that game or they totally run out of pinch hitters. But, the backup in that case rarely ends up in the game, so if that were the only “catching” he did, it wouldn’t open him up to too much injury risk.

  2. musketmaniac - Jan 26, 2014 at 6:40 PM

    the guy is not a complete liability in r.f. or first. his bat is worth keeping him on the roster.

  3. kicksave1980 - Jan 26, 2014 at 9:29 PM

    I remember seeing him at AAA Indianapolis a lot when I lived there, so I have always hoped he’d do well.

  4. John Holton - Jan 27, 2014 at 5:00 PM

    With Gattis and Laird behind the plate and Bethancourt in Gwinnett (Mississippi?), I doubt Doumit sees any action behind the plate. I don’t think the Braves plan on him donning the “tools of ignorance” except in an emergency.

  5. foreverchipper10 - Jan 28, 2014 at 9:00 AM

    The only bottom of the ninth walk-off home run I have seen in person was hit by Doumit against the Braves in Pittsburgh. That will stick with me forever.

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