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Pirates catcher Chris Stewart needs knee surgery

Mar 17, 2014, 1:50 PM EDT

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The Pirates acquired Chris Stewart from the Yankees to serve as Russell Martin‘s backup, but now the 31-year-old catcher is likely headed for surgery after injuring his knee in a game last week.

Stewart didn’t figure to play much for the Pirates considering he’s a career .214 hitter and Martin started 117 games last year. In his place 25-year-old former first-round draft pick Tony Sanchez will make the Opening Day roster and may end up seeing more action than Stewart would have if the Pirates don’t want to let him rot on the bench.

Sanchez’s prospect stock dipped a ton in 2011 and 2012, but the former No. 4 overall pick hit .288 with 10 homers, 26 doubles, and an .872 OPS in 76 games at Triple-A last season. Martin is an impending free agent, so the Pirates may try to groom Sanchez to take over behind the plate full time in 2015.

  1. musketmaniac - Mar 17, 2014 at 2:00 PM

    Sanchez is fine but wtf happened to Michael Mchenry

    • gdobs227 - Mar 17, 2014 at 3:18 PM

      They let McKenry go. Probably had something to do with the fact that he wasn’t very good.

      • jwbiii - Mar 18, 2014 at 1:15 AM

        McKenry has an NRI with the Rockies. He has a reasonable chance of making the team. Wilin Rosario is the only catcher on the 40 man. They’ve got several minor leaguers in camp; Tom Murphy is the only one who was on prospect lists this off season. He has 74 PAs at AA.

  2. mikhelb - Mar 17, 2014 at 2:31 PM

    And don’t forget that the Yankees still have three more catchers they could trade and they’ve done very good trades with the Pirates (beneficial trades for both of ’em) in recent history, and none of them except maybe for Gary Sánchez would command more than a fill-in type of player in return, which would be good considering the state of current MLB catching talent (hitting-wise, where batting 0.190-0.220 AVG seems to be acceptable).

  3. genericcommenter - Mar 17, 2014 at 6:44 PM

    Yankees win the trade!

  4. musketmaniac - Mar 17, 2014 at 7:14 PM

    gdobs he was a clubhouse guy, and that’s the first one generi

  5. musketmaniac - Mar 18, 2014 at 9:36 PM

    And there are rumors were talking to Colorado about him.

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