The Pittsburgh Pirates announced on Sunday morning that catcher Chris Stewart has been activated from the disabled list. To make room on the active roster, catcher Jacob Stallings has been optioned to Indianapolis. The Pirates have been carrying three catchers with Stallings, Francisco Cervelli and Elias Diaz. They will continue to do so for the time being, stating that they want to limit the workload for Cervelli as he comes back from the 7-day DL for concussions.

Stewart went on the DL on May 30th due to a left hamstring strain. He originally expected to miss the minimum amount of days, but took longer to recover. Stallings started two games since he was called up on June 7th, joining the team when Cervelli went on the DL.

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11 COMMENTS

  1. An alnost 40 year old third catcher who can’t hit or field…just what this team needs….

  2. Keep putting off optioning Diaz until another team loses a catcher. Stewart offers a lot of value to a team that is experiencing a catching injury crisis. Show teams he is healthy and you may get a little value in return.

    • Agreed. It will be far from a haul but to get something for him and to keep Diaz up would be a win IMO. I think we’ll see Stew managing the Blackbears or be a roaming instructor for the Pirates catchers within the next 2-3 yrs anyway. There seems to be mutual respect amongst both parties

  3. I would go with Cervelli and Diaz until they pare the catchers down.
    It’s unfortunate but, with Cervelli’s injury history and current situation, they’re probably going to need Stewart for the remainder of the year – meaning Diaz will eventually go back down. He will be up for good by September 1, if not earlier.

    • Exactly, If Diaz goes down, assume he will, we will see a lot of him, even before the September call-ups 🙂

    • I would go with Diaz & Cervelli, it’s time to make Diaz the starter. Cervelli can’t stay healthy as starter. IMO Diaz is just better.

  4. Welcome back Stewey (is that his nickname?), and good luck to you in your continued development Jacob Stallings… not sure what else to say? :)…. What will be interesting if/When they send down Diaz, sure that will lead to some interesting posts, for sure… Can’t wait, fun stuff 🙂

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