Injury Updates: Chris Stewart ‘Hopeful’ for Quick Return; Ryan Vogelsong News

PITTSBURGH — Catcher Chris Stewart hopes to be back in the Pirates’ lineup on Tuesday. He will again sit out Monday night’s game against the San Francisco Giants with knee soreness and discomfort. It’s an issue that has been hounding Stewart for a while now.

“I think it arose from my ankle being so beat up, I think I was compensating with some other body parts,” he said Monday afternoon.

Stewart’s ankle took a beating in the last homestand, when he fouled two balls off it and was also ran into in a collision at home plate. After playing June 14 in New York, he knew “something wasn’t right” with his knee. He tried to go again on June 17 in Chicago, but the next day, he was again confronted with the same symptoms.

Jacob Stallings was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis to start on Sunday. Erik Kratz will start Monday night in Pittsburgh, giving Stewart three consecutive days off. He’s hopeful that will be enough to have him back in the starting lineup on Tuesday.

“It’s just giving it time to get under control, give the rest of my body enough time to heal properly to where I’m not compensating in any other areas,” he said. “I want to make sure that once I am back, I’m helping the team, not just being back in there to be in there.”

Stewart said he would be able to pinch-hit if “it was up to him.”


Ryan Vogelsong is back to full vision.

The Pirates’ long reliever and occasional starter was struck in the left eye by a fastball back on May 23, and had surgery to repair seven fractures on three bones June 2. From a vision standpoint, he’s been given a clean bill of health.

“At the last appointment, I was back to 20-20 in the left eye and they did what a field test — which is basically a peripheral test — and I passed with flying colors,” he said.

Vogelsong is throwing again, but he isn’t able to catch the ball out of an abundance of precaution for his still-healing injury.

Vogelsong hopes to be ready to go as soon as he is eligible to come off the 60-day disabled list, which is July 23.

“That’s my hope,” he said.

He anticipates having a minor-league rehab assignment before coming off the disabled list.

  • What happened to Nick Kingham? I don’t recall seeing an injury update on him since the first week of May.

    • Alan Saunders
      June 21, 2016 12:01 pm

      From John D. last week: “On Friday night while getting notes from down there, I found out Nick Kingham threw a simulated game earlier in the day and his personal catcher when he throws is always Elias Diaz. With the GCL starting next weekend, you can expect those two to shift their work into GCL games, using them to build back up into shape to make it back to Indianapolis.”

  • Question.. I try to ask good questions.
    Vogelsong comes of the 60 day DL on July 23.
    When does Diaz come off the 60 day DL?

    I figure eventually, they also will have to make
    room for Nacasio.
    That’s 3 40 man spots that will need to be
    opened up. What moves do you think they
    will make to open these spots?
    I would assume Kratz would be one.
    Who would be the other two? Will
    they keep Stallings on the 40 man or
    take the chance that they would lose him?

    What are the other options?

    • Alan Saunders
      June 20, 2016 8:40 pm

      Diaz’s return isn’t so much about the date he can come off the DL as it is his expected be recovered from his surgery, which is sometime toward the end of July.

      Cervelli should be back by then, which would make Kratz expendable. I assume one of the up-and-down relievers will get DFA’d to make room for Nicasio’s return. Vogelsong is a bit trickier. I guess it depends on what the rotation looks like when he comes back.