The Pittsburgh Pirates came in to the 2011 season looking for a long term option to emerge at the shortstop position. They had signed Ronny Cedeno to a one year, $1.85 M deal, replacing his final year of arbitration. The deal also included an option for $3 M in 2012. Despite the option, the expectation at the start of the year was that Cedeno would be replaced by mid-season, and would be gone in 2012.
Cedeno started out slow in April, with a .192 average in 73 at-bats, and a .485 OPS. He bounced back in May with a .286 average and a .773 OPS. To add to these numbers, his defense was strong to start the year, which ruled out any possibility that he would be gone mid-season. Cedeno had a decent month of June, hitting for a .271 average with a .694 OPS, and continuing his strong play at defense. However, a concussion in July put him on the disabled list, opening the door for Chase d'Arnaud to get some playing time.
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