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McKenry Learning to Adjust to Backup Role

McKenry Learning to Adjust to Backup Role

Michael McKenry

After the Pittsburgh Pirates acquired catcher Michael McKenry from Triple-A Pawtucket (Red Sox) on June 12 of last season, McKenry went on to start in 58 games over the remainder of 2011. The Bucs' catchers were plagued with injuries during the 2011 season -- needing to use eight different catchers behind the plate. McKenry became the primary catcher when he was acquired, but his role this season is different. And it's been an adjustment for the 27-year-old. McKenry went deep of Miami's Josh Johnson on Tuesday night, his second of the season. Overall, the catcher is hitting .195/.298/.688 after starting the season off well -- .300 (6-for-20) in eight games in April.

"It’s a learning process -- catching-wise and hitting-wise," McKenry said. "I’ve made a lot of adjustme...

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