Minor Moves: Chris Stewart Assigned to Indianapolis, Topa Placed on Disabled List

We have some movement around the minor leagues for Sunday.

Catcher Chris Stewart had his rehab assignment moved from Altoona to Indianapolis. Stewart caught two games for Altoona, going 2-for-6 at the plate, with a walk. He left for a defensive replacement after the seventh inning each game.

Casey Sadler was called up to the Pirates to make the start today, while infielder Pedro Florimon was assigned to Indianapolis after he cleared waivers.

Pitcher Matt Benedict has been moved from Altoona down to Bradenton, where he will take the place of pitcher Justin Topa, who has been placed on the 7-day disabled list. It’s possible that Benedict will get the start on Monday, which is currently listed as TBD. He pitched two scoreless innings on Friday night, needing just 22 pitches to get through the outing. Topa has not pitched this year. No word yet on why he was placed on the disabled list.

There should be a corresponding move at Altoona to replace Benedict on the roster, so check back later for any updates.

  • When healthy stewart will be back up, it’s almost sad that sanchez will be sent back down. While the pragmatic side of me understands the reason for this the fan of sanchez getting his chance wants stewart to stay in indy.

  • Do the Pirates really gain much by having Stewart as a backup to Cervelli vs. Sanchez?

    • Depth. Sanchez goes to AAA, they keep Stewart and any future injury means Sanchez comes back up and allow Diaz to focus on his game and get full time. You roll with Sanchez and they lose Stewart. Sanchez looks pretty good early, but any Pirate fan knows why you need decent catching depth.

    • Nothing. Sanchez is playing well, and is part of the future. It is time to let him play twice a week.

      • and when Cervelli gets hurt, Sanchez is forced to start and they either rush Diaz up…and into a 1-2 times a week role….or have to scramble to find adequate backup help since they prefer Diaz playing everyday. I love Sanchez this year and how he has looked since ST, but releasing Stewart just makes no sense. Leaves you without great depth at that spot with a historically injury prone starter.

        Pray Cervelli has a big year, and then hope PIT flips him at high value while promoting Diaz and Sanchez as the C 1-2 next year.

  • Thanks John.