Chris Stewart Has Minor Knee Surgery

According to Chris Cotillo on Twitter, Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Chris Stewart had a minor procedure done on his knee today and no further surgery is required. Cotillo says that the recovery time is unknown at the time, but he speculates that it could be 4-6 weeks due to the fact it was minor surgery and went well. Stewart injured his right knee on March 12th in a game against the Minnesota Twins

That is good news for the Pirates, who now won’t need a long-term fill-in for Stewart. While the Pirates wanted to keep Tony Sanchez in Indianapolis this season and give him a full year at AAA, that estimated timetable would still allow him to get plenty of regular playing time in Indianapolis, even if he goes north with the team on Opening Day to serve as Russell Martin’s backup.

For now, Nevin Ashley and Omir Santos are both still in Major League camp as non-roster invitees. Should the Pirates decide to not go with Sanchez on Opening Day, they do have experienced options already in the organization. Santos has spent parts of five seasons in the majors, while Ashley has eight years of minor league experience and is a strong defensive catcher.


  • Just my opinion but Sanchez should have enough reps at this point after 3 years of college and 5 years and 400 plus games in the minors. I love the idea of him being up and hanging out with Martin. My hope is that Sanchez hits so well that Stewart doesn’t get to Pittsburgh until Sept.

    • That’s not going to happen, freddie. The first part of your post makes sense. Let Sanchez back up Martin, learn from him and start 2 games a week. When Stewart is back, after a rehab, send Sanchez back down (even if he is hitting .450), so he can play every day.

  • Wouldn’t make sense to add Ashley or Santos to the 40-man while Sanchez is available, so that’s not happening.

    • If they want Sanchez to catch everyday and don’t expect Stewart to be back until mid-May, then they could definitely add one of them. When they didn’t know how long he would be out, there was talk of adding a catcher via trade or FA signing, so they have already discussed adding someone. There are players on the 40-man right now that could be dropped and players that could possibly be dealt before Opening Day. They don’t have to decide until the rosters need to be official and they may make the decision based off Stewart’s progress

  • Leefoo Rug Bug
    March 19, 2014 5:04 pm

    Unless, of course, Martin or Sancgez go down. We’ve seen it before, unfortunately.