Last night, Chris Snyder went down with a back injury, the same injury that caused him to start the season on the 15-day disabled list. There has been some speculation that Snyder will have to go on the disabled list once again. With Ryan Doumit already on the disabled list, and Jason Jaramillo on the Indianapolis disabled list, that leaves the Pittsburgh Pirates short on catchers.
If Snyder does go on the disabled list, that leaves Dusty Brown as the starter, with the picture unclear as to who the backup will be. It might end up being Wyatt Toregas. Scott McCauley reports that the Indianapolis Indians have added catcher Kris Watts to the roster, replacing Toregas. No word on why Toregas is no longer on the Indianapolis roster, although it doesn’t really seem like a coincidence when we consider Snyder just went down with an injury.
The Pirates signed Toregas on January 18th this year. He has just 51 at-bats in the majors, all with Cleveland, and has nine hits in that time span. He was on the extended Spring Training roster up until Jason Jaramillo went down and Dusty Brown was called up to the majors, and hasn’t gotten off to a good start with Indianapolis, going 1-for-29.
The move, if it is made, might only be temporary. The Baltimore Orioles recently designated Jake Fox for assignment, and will be placing him on waivers. The Pirates showed interest in the off-season, and could try to add him again, especially now with both of their top catchers injured, and their backup options looking thin.