Roberto Perez Placed on Injured List; Michael Perez Added to Roster

Between games of Saturday’s doubleheader in Cincinnati, the Pittsburgh Pirates placed catcher Roberto Perez on the 10-day injured list with a left hamstring strain. The injury occurred while running the bases in game one of the doubleheader. The Pirates added catcher Michael Perez to the 40-man and 26-man rosters to take his place. To make room for Michael Perez, left-handed pitcher Sam Howard was designated for assignment.

Michael Perez was with the Pirates for all of the 2021 season as the backup to Jacob Stallings, but he lost out the backup catcher spot this spring to Andrew Knapp. Perez hit .143/.221/.290 in 70 games for the Pirates last year, but he has above average defensive numbers in all four seasons in the majors. He was hitting .294/.556/.353 in eight games for Indianapolis, seeing limited time because he has been on the taxi squad for the Pirates for multiple games.

Howard was recently demoted by the Pirates when rosters went from 28 to 26 players. He has not pitched since April 29th when he was still with the Pirates.

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John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.

When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.

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