Sunday afternoon the Pittsburgh Pirates may have lost their starting catcher in addition to losing a game against the San Francisco Giants
Sunday afternoon the Pittsburgh Pirates suffered a 4-1 loss against the San Francisco Giants. With the loss, the Pirates split their four-game weekend series against the Giants and fell to 17-23 on the season.
Late in the game on Sunday, the Pittsburgh Pirates may have also lost their starting catcher. One day after Jacob Stallings hit a walk-off 2-run home run against the Giants, he left the game after taking a foul ball off the leg in the 7th inning.
Stallings left the game with what is being called a quad contusion. After the game Pirate manager Derek Shelton was asked about the status of Stallings. Shelton reported to the media that right now Stallings is day-to-day.
With the Pittsburgh Pirates having the day off on Monday, hopefully that will help Stallings avoid missing any extended period of time. Losing Stallings for an extended period of time would be a huge blow to an already shorthanded Pirate lineup.
The Pirates have been without budding superstar third baseman Ke’Bryan Hayes since the second game of the season and first baseman Colin Moran, who has been arguably the team’s best hitter since the start of last season, went on the injured list last week. The team is also currently without Phillip Evans who was one of their best hitters prior to going on the injured list.
Stallings has hit for a .255/.371/.449 slash line to go with a 129 wRC+ this season. His 1.1 fWAR ranks 6th among all MLB catchers, as Stallings has evolved into being one of the most underrated catchers in baseball.
The early signs seem to indicate that the Pirates and Stallings may have dodged a bullet. The team will likely no more when they arrive in St. Louis on Tuesday. Make sure to stay tuned here at Rum Bunter for all of the latest updates.