Jacob Stallings Leaves Early Due to Neck Tightness

Catcher Jacob Stallings left Wednesday’s game against the Minnesota Twins early due to neck tightness. The Pittsburgh Pirates said the removal was just precautionary.

Stallings is set to be the Opening Day backup catcher to Francisco Cervelli. Earlier today, it was announced by the Pirates that Elias Diaz will need at least two weeks to be ready for games. That likely means he will catcher some minor league games before he returns to the majors. The minor league season opens April 4th.

While this move was said to be precautionary, it brings up an interesting scenario with just eight days until Opening Day. If Stallings isn’t ready to go on March 28th, that means that Steven Baron would be the most likely choice as a backup. He has minimal Major League experience and he’s an outstanding defensive catcher, so he’s a perfectly acceptable short-term backup. However, he isn’t on the 40-man roster, which is currently full, but will likely need 1-2 openings for guys like Francisco Liriano, who are currently on minor league deals.

The Pirates will get one spot when Edgar Santana goes on the 60-day injured list, but after that, other cuts would need to be made. Needing to add Baron short-term would just add to the amount of spots the Pirates would need to open.

John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.

When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.

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