When asked whether the Pittsburgh Pirates would consider adding a backup catcher in light of Chris Stewart's recent surgery, Pirates' General Manager Neal Huntington responded with a quick "no".
"Never really was a choice, unless Chris was going to be out for the majority of the season," Huntington said. "If it was a short-term loss, then Tony was going to be the guy. Absolutely have complete confidence that he's ready to go. If it had been a longer-term, three to six months, then we would have re-addressed it. We're completely comfortable with our depth right now, and looking forward to getting Chris back through the rehab process, get him some Spring Training type at-bats, and getting him back to Pittsburgh."
That means that Tony Sanchez will be the backup to Russell Martin when the season begins, while Stewart will continue his rehab. The catcher, who was acquired from the New York Yankees over the off-season, talked with the media today, using a pair of crutches to get around...
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