The 2011 Pittsburgh Pirates saw eight catchers play at least one game behind the plate. That was mostly due to injuries to Ryan Doumit and Chris Snyder, which limited Doumit to 60 games and Snyder to 33 games this season. Jason Jaramillo came in to the season as the number three catcher, and started the year in Pittsburgh with Snyder on the disabled list. However, when Snyder and Doumit both went down mid-season, Jaramillo was also injured in AAA with an elbow injury, which really started the carousel.
Dusty Brown and Wyatt Toregas were the first two options that were called up. Neither option fared well, with Brown hitting for a .107 average and a .245 OPS in 28 at-bats, along with poor defense. Toregas only played ten innings, and was outrighted off the 40-man roster when the Pirates traded for Michael McKenry.
The injuries to Ryan Doumit and Chris Snyder allowed Michael McKenry to step up as the starting catcher for most of the 2011 season.
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