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.