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New Pittsburgh Pirates Catching Tandem Has A Ring To It

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Early in the season the Pittsburgh Pirates had such a wealth of successful catchers.  After 61 games into the season it has vanished. First Chris Snyder went down.  Then Ryan Doumit followed and well, you get the picture.

The Pirates pitching staff was working well with the rotation of both Doumit and Snyder.   Also, they both were providing offense for the ballclub.

Oh what a difference playing some competitive games has meant.  Doumit was injured on a bang bang play at the plate.  Yesterday, the Pirates sent a message to the baseball gods when the team announced Chris Snyder will go on the disabled list.  It stung a little bit harder when the team said Snyder will undergo back sugery today.

That can’t possibly feel good for Snyder or the Buccos fans.

The Pirates Chris Snyder will have back surgery today

The team has roughly $10 million wrapped up in catchers who are now on the DL.  Watching Doumit get clipped, it was rather apparent that something was wrong, especially when he was walking around with crutches.  Doumit was in the Pirates dugout last night and we hear that he will be heading to rehab very soon.

But it’s difficult to fathom that this slide caused enough of an injury to Snyder’s tender back to send him under the knife today.

Snyder slid so hard he came to a halt prior to reaching second base.

It would seem to me this injury was only a matter of time for the Pirates catcher.  Perhaps he was trying to gut it out until Doumit got healthy.  Perhaps when he was walking to get some of the passed balls recently, his back was screaming.  Rapid speculation of course, but it does tell me a little bit about the heart behind Snyder.

It sucks Snyder is hurt. 

As you know, the Pirates other option in the minors is Jason Jaramillo.  But he has an elbow injury and is on the AAA DL.  Jaramillo began work in Bradenton and seems at the earliest two weeks from returning to the big league club.

One positive sign was how well Jeff Karstens pitched with Dusty Brown behind the dish tonight.  Let’s trust it continues. 

After the game, Brown said, “We are little more experienced than our numbers might indicate.  As long as we keep winning ballgames, that’s all that matters to me.  I’m starting to get in a rhythm.”

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