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Tony Sanchez, Chris Stewart, and the Depth vs Best 25 Debate

Tony Sanchez, Chris Stewart, and the Depth vs Best 25 Debate

The Pirates are going to have to make a decision on their backup catcher spot in the next week. Photo Credits: David Hague (Sanchez), WTM (Stewart).

Yesterday there were two events that took place which will raise controversy in the next week for the Pittsburgh Pirates. At the minor league level, Chris Stewart started his rehab work, catching five innings for the Bradenton Marauders. At the Major League level, Tony Sanchez delivered the winning hit against the St. Louis Cardinals -- a two out, RBI double in the bottom of the 7th inning. It was the second game winner in the last week, with Sanchez also delivering an RBI single in the bottom of the 16th inning against the Cubs on Wednesday.

When Stewart comes back, the Pirates are most likely going to bring him up and send Tony Sanchez down to preserve their catching depth. Stewart is out of options, so sending him to the minors isn't possible, unless the Pirates expose him to waivers. If that happens, Stewart would almost certainl...

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