Pirates Chris Stewart Injured, Will Tony Sanchez Get His Shot?


The Pittsburgh Pirates announced today that Chris Stewart will go to see Dr. James Andrews to have a second opinion on his knee.  The Bucs backup catcher injured his knee on March 12.

The big question is will Stewart be required to have surgery on his knee.

The bigger question is will that put Tony Sanchez on the big league roster?

God, we hope so.

In December, the Pirates landed Stewart who is 32 years old from the New York Yankees.  The plan was for Tony Sanchez to play almost every day in Indianapolis while Stewart got the leftovers at the Major League level.  Stewart is well known for his defensive abilities.

Sanchez has answered questions about the move all off season.  The Pirates first rounder was fine with the decision, because Neal Huntington was up front with him about the move.  The team wanted Sanchez to play regularly and focus on the pitching staff at Indianapolis.

The Bucco backstop said he would hit his way out of Indianapolis.  Early in Spring work, Sanchez has been hitting everything in sight.  He’s bigger, stronger and more confident than ever.    The only option would be to try and acquire a catcher in a move should Stewart need surgery, which the club feels is very likely.

The only catchers in camp are Nevin Ashley and Omir Santos, and it seems unlikely the Pirates would want to add either of them to the roster.


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  • billv923

    i think the pirates are looking at ryan lavarnway a 26 year old backup catcher for boston. if they add mike carp along with it to play first base that will be a great move

    • Andrew Goemaat

      I actually thought of him yesterday when I heard the news, add in the fact the Sox are shopping him and he is definitely a possibility. I watch a lot of Sox games (live in Boston but love the Pirates) and I gotta say Lavarnway isn’t that much to get excited about. Granted, maybe a change of scenery might help, but I’d hate to block Sanchez with him.

      Before Stewart went down, I was intrigued to see how the combo of Martin and Stewart’s pitch framing would help the rotation, but I’d be lying if I truly wanted him over Sanchez. I really hope this provides Tony the back-up spot. He’s hit well in Spring Training and frankly deserves a chance in the bigs over a full season if you ask me.

    • http://rumbunter.com Tom Smith

      Lavarnway was supposed to be the second coming then hit like Menodza, if you’re right better pray for a Melancon like turnaround

  • endofthedial

    I would like Sanchez to keep working on his defense at Indy this season.

    • http://rumbunter.com Tom Smith

      I would too, but at some point, the Pirates simply need to make a gamble of some sort, it’s been such a play it safe offseason.