Pirates Place Chris Stewart on Disabled List; Recall Elias Diaz

The Pittsburgh Pirates announced on Tuesday afternoon that they have placed catcher Chris Stewart on the 10-day disabled list with a left hamstring strain. Catcher Elias Diaz has been promoted from Indianapolis to take his place on the active roster.

Stewart was injured late in yesterday’s game while legging out a triple. He was able to walk off the field on his own without assistance. Afterwards he told the local media that he thought he would be fine, but with the shorter disabled list now available, it makes it easier to put a player on the DL when they could miss just a few days. That is especially true when it’s a catcher and you only have one other option behind the plate if he can’t play.

Diaz appeared briefly for the Pirates earlier this year when Francisco Cervelli was unable to play for a few days. He got into four games and went 2-for-9 at the plate. He also saw brief action with the Pirates in 2015 and 2016. Diaz is hitting .281/.298/.388 for Indianapolis this season, while providing the team with above average defense behind the plate. He has thrown out 48% of attempted stolen bases.

  • Is Polanco not far behind him?

  • Stewart seems like a great guy but I think the team is better with Elias behind the dish at this point. Plus Elias is obviously familiar with 3 of the 5 in the current rotation. Cole may miss his favorite catcher although that doesn’t seem to still be a thing.

    • I believe that this is Stewart’s last year, per BRef, so I guess Diaz will be Cervelli’s backup next year?

      • WillyMoGarcia33
        May 30, 2017 3:55 pm

        Pirates have a club option at $1.5m, with $250K buyout, for next year on Stewart.

        • Stewie would make an excellent Coach at some level within the Pirates org. At 35 already, he would be well served to start looking for opportunities in a non-playing capacity.

  • Darkstone42
    May 30, 2017 3:30 pm

    In other Pirates news, we know more about Trevor Williams’s priorities as a father now.


    • Darkstone42
      May 30, 2017 3:31 pm

      He’s right. Bulbasaur is for the weak.

      • Wabbit_Season
        May 30, 2017 3:43 pm

        I was always in the Psyduck camp. I know he was comic relief at low levels, but man, when that duck got a big stress headache, LOOKOUT!


      • Reported and blocked have a nice day hate troll. Bulbasaur is life.

  • Given Stewart’s injury history last couple of years, i wouldn’t be surprised if he’s able to get healthy, that he’d be dealt and they keep Diaz in the bigs. No real reason to keep him down any longer.

    • They won’t deal him. Teams in general like to keep three catchers, including one with options who can go up and down. That’s Diaz this year. Theoretically Stallings could handle that role but I don’t think they want to rely on him.

      So Stewing is not going anywhere this year.

    • They will not deal him because nobody would take him. Stewy is at a point and time in his life that he can’t stay healthy. It kind of reminds me of the once a week softball games I played in my late 30s and early 40s. My length of recovery each week depended on how well I did and how often I ran the bases each game. It seemed like I always had some ailment after every good game that took at least a week to recover from. If Stewy has a good game you can rest assure he will be out for at least a few games. Nobody is trading for that type of player. Fact is it was a bad contract. really was no point giving him two years.