Eric Fryer Reinstated from Paternity List, Diaz Optioned to Indianapolis

The Pittsburgh Pirates announced on Tuesday afternoon that Eric Fryer has been reinstated from the paternity list and Elias Diaz has been optioned to Indianapolis. Diaz joined the team before Saturday’s game and made his first Major League start on Sunday. The paternity list stays are for up to 72 hours, so this move was expected today. Fryer will be available for tonight’s game.

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I know Fryer has hit pretty well since the Pirates grabbed him off the trash heap, but he’s not a very good defensive catcher and he’s a veteran journeyman – with no future with the team beyond this season.
So, we send down Diaz – who is an excellent young defensive catcher, who just needs to get some MLB experience – and keep Fryer on the 25 man. Why? For both the short term and long term, that doesn’t make a lot of sense to me.


Sending Diaz down until Sept 1 preserves a year of control. Plus it keeps Fryer in the system in case another injury occurs. Plus it allows Diaz to get regular playing time as he comes back from injury.


Another year of control? Yeah that really helps the Pirates this year. Maybe when Diaz is 30 he will be given a shot in Pittsburgh.

michael schalke

Diaz should be playing everyday (Indy) until Sep.1.


And that helps the Pittsburgh Pirates how? Teams continually run on the Pirates because there isn’t a quality arm among Cervelli, Stewart, or Fryer.

Arik Florimonte

Diaz looked good in his one start. Nice to know we have a healthy backup.


an other one bites the dust, so diaz will be on the super 2 watch for 2017.

Bill W

He is already on the clock. He was called up last year.

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