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Pirates Notebook: Familiarity Helps Diaz and Stallings Handle Pitching Staff

Elias Diaz has caught many of the Pirates pitchers in the minors over the years. Photo Credit: David Hague
Pirates Notebook: Familiarity Helps Diaz and Stallings Handle Pitching Staff

PITTSBURGH — The Pirates have played the last three games with two catchers on the disabled list, as Francisco Cervelli still hasn’t seen the field after suffering a concussion and Chris Stewart has not yet run the bases while coming back from a left hamstring strain.

In their stead, Elias Diaz and Jacob Stallings have manned the catcher’s spot and have done so well there hasn’t even been any drama.

That’s pretty rare for a team to have four catchers that can handle themselves nicely at the Major League level. Pirates fans can easily remember the days of when Michael McHenry was treated as a conquering hero because the Pirates had literally run out of capable athletes at that spot.

It’s an even better situation than that for the Pirates, because not only do they have depth, that d...

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