According to Chris Cotillo on Twitter, Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Chris Stewart had a minor procedure done on his knee today and no further surgery is required. Cotillo says that the recovery time is unknown at the time, but he speculates that it could be 4-6 weeks due to the fact it was minor surgery and went well. Stewart injured his right knee on March 12th in a game against the Minnesota Twins
That is good news for the Pirates, who now won't need a long-term fill-in for Stewart. While the Pirates wanted to keep Tony Sanchez in Indianapolis this season and give him a full year at AAA, that estimated timetable would still allow him to get plenty of regular playing time in Indianapolis, even if he goes north with the team on Opening Day to serve as Russell Martin's backup.
For now, Nevin Ashley and Omir Santos are both still in Major League camp as non-roster invitees. Should the Pirates decide to not go with Sanchez on Opening Day, they do have experienced options already in th...
John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.