The Pittsburgh Pirates announced that catcher Luke Maile underwent surgery for a fractured right index finger yesterday and he is projected to resume competitive baseball activities in 10-12 weeks. With the regular season this year starting on Friday and lasting just 9 1/2 weeks, he is done for the season. The Pirates would need to make the playoffs for Maile to possibly return this year, and that’s under his best case scenario.
Pirates catcher Luke Maile underwent surgery for a fractured right index finger on Friday.
Luke is projected to resume competitive baseball activities in 10-12 weeks.
— Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) July 18, 2020
The Pirates signed Maile to a Major League deal this off-season and he was competing for the backup catcher position behind Jacob Stallings. The Pirates will now go with John Ryan Murphy as the backup, while Andrew Susac and Christian Kelley are the two other catchers on the 60-man roster. Susac is with the Pirates for tonight’s exhibition game.
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