The Pittsburgh Pirates have placed catcher Chris Stewart on the 15-day disabled list with left knee discomfort. As mentioned yesterday, the Pirates claimed catcher Eric Fryer off waivers and he will take Stewart’s spot on the roster today. It’s interesting that Fryer was on the St Louis Cardinals when he got put on waivers, and that’s where he ends up meeting the Pirates for a four-game series.
Also, Elias Diaz has been assigned to Bradenton on rehab today, so he could be rejoining Indianapolis soon. He will likely need time before he is ready for the majors since he hasn’t played a game since Spring Training.
Jin-De Jhang has been promoted to Indianapolis, switching places with Tomas Morales, who will serve as the backup in Altoona. I would think this move is short-term, as I don’t expect Diaz to be in Bradenton too long before returning to Indianapolis. Morales clearly isn’t a Triple-A caliber catcher yet, he was in Bristol last year for a reason, so this might just be to get Jhang some more playing time. He has been catching 1-2 times a week as Reese McGuire’s backup and hitting well in the role, though the catching skills are still unpolished behind the plate.