Chris Stewart C PIT 24 hours ago

Getting the start with Francisco Cervelli DHing, Stewart went 3-for-7 with a run scored Tuesday.

The backup catcher has handled the bat well this season in limited action, posting a .288 batting average in 87 at-bats this season. He's still firmly behind Cervelli on the depth chart.

Chris Stewart C PIT 2 months ago

Stewart started behind the plate on Sunday and went 1-for-4 with a pair of RBI in a Pirates win.

Stewart was activated from the disabled list on Friday and was able to produce in his first start of the season on Sunday as he spelled starting catcher Francisco Cervelli. There is nothing to suggest that Cervelli is in danger of losing his starting gig at the moment, but Stewart was able to surpass his RBI total on the season with one swing of the bat. Cervelli will likely remain the starter for now but Stewart certainly has the potential to earn a bigger piece of this timeshare.

Chris Stewart C PIT 2 months ago

Stewart (hamstring) was activated from the DL on Friday, the Pittsburgh Post Gazette's Bill Brink reports.

Stewart will now assume the backup catcher role with the Pirates, getting in the lineup once or twice per week. Tony Sanchez was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis as a corresponding move.

Chris Stewart C PIT 3 months ago

Stewart (hamstring) has had no setbacks at Triple-A Indianapolis and should come off the DL on Friday, the Pittsburgh Tribune's Rob Biertempfel reports.

Stewart appears pegged for the the backup catching role in Pittsburgh once he's healthy. Francisco Cervelli is the clear starter, but if the first eight games are any indication, Stewart should be in line to catch once every four days.

Chris Stewart C PIT 3 months ago

Stewart (hamstring) was moved to AAA Indianapolis to make a rehab assignment, the Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

It is unclear exactly how many appearances Stewart will have before being activated from the disabled list. Stewart had one rehab assignment with Double-A Altoona on Thursday. When he does come back, he should take over the backup catcher position behind Francisco Cervelli.

Chris Stewart C PIT 3 months ago

Stewart (hamstring) will begin a rehab assignment with Double-A Altoona on Thursday, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

It's not clear how many rehab games Stewart will need before being activated from the disabled list, but he should be ready for big league action at some point in the next week or two. When he is ready to go, Stewart will likely replace Tony Sanchez as the backup catcher behind Francisco Cervelli.

Chris Stewart C PIT 3 months ago

Stewart (hamstring) was placed on the 15-day DL on Sunday, MLB.com reports.

Stewart is currently seeing work in the minors while rehabbing a right hamstring strain. When he's ready, he'll challenge Tony Sanchez for the role of primary backup to Francisco Cervelli.

Chris Stewart C PIT 3 months ago

Stewart (hamstring) caught five innings in a minor league game Thursday, MLB.com reports.

A right hamstring strain will force Stewart onto the disabled list to start the year. Considering the nature of the injury and his position, it makes sense that the team wouldn't want to push him too aggressively, though it does look like Stewart may make it back shortly after his earliest possible activation date given his progress. Tony Sanchez will open the season as the backup to Francisco Cervelli behind the plate.

Chris Stewart C PIT 3 months ago

Pirates GM Neal Huntington said Monday that Stewart (hamstring) will begin the season on the disabled list, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

"If we push it too aggressively, we turn two to four weeks into six to eight, and that's the last thing we want to do," Huntington said. Tony Sanchez will take Stewart's spot on the roster.

Chris Stewart C PIT 3 months ago

Stewart (hamstring) is taking batting practice Tuesday, Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Stewart is in danger of opening his season on the disabled list, in which case Tony Sanchez would break camp as the backup catcher. Even if he isn't ready to start the season, Stewart should be available within the first few weeks.