Tag:Dusty Brown
Posted on: June 13, 2011 12:03 am
Edited on: June 13, 2011 9:26 am

PIrates add catcher from Red Sox

By C. Trent Rosecrans

The Pirates acquired catcher Mike McKenry from the Red Sox for a player to be named or cash considerations, the Red Sox announced.

The Red Sox acquired McKenry, 26, from the Rockies at the end of spring training. McKenry was hitting .274/.369/.421 for Triple-A Pawtucket this season.

The Pirates had lost their top three catchers in the last few weeks -- Jason Jaramillo is on the DL with a an elbow injury, Chris Snyder had surgery on a herniated disc on Friday and Ryan Doumit is on the DL with a sprained left ankle.

Dusty Brown and Wyatt Toregas were the team's catchers before the team designated Toregas for assignment to make room for McKenry.

The Pirates' top prospect is a catcher, Tony Sanchez. The Pirates said they won't rush Sanchez to the majors. He's hitting .265/.374/.343 with two homers in 42 games for Double-A Altoona.

"Tony has made great progress on all fronts," general manager Neal Huntington told MLB.com's Jennifer Langosch. "We just didn't feel like this was the right time to bring him to the Major Leagues. We've still got some things that he needs to accomplish before he goes to Triple-A." 

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Posted on: May 31, 2011 6:27 pm
Edited on: May 31, 2011 6:46 pm

Doumit out a month with broken ankle

Ryan Doumit

By C. Trent Rosecrans

You know, it's not going to cause outrage like another play at the plate, but Pirates catcher Ryan Doumit is out at least a month with a fractured left ankle, the Pirates announced on Twitter.

Doumit was placed on the 15-day disabled list Monday with what was then termed a sprained ankle, but it's apparently more than that.

Doumit was hurt on a play at the plate in the second inning of Sunday's loss to the Cubs. He didn't get run over like Buster Posey, but he showed that even if a player slides, it can still be dangerous. Cubs first baseman Carlos Pena slid while trying to score on a sacrifice fly. Doumit was blocking the plate with his left leg and Pena's hard slide hurt Doumit's ankle. The difference between Doumit's injury and Posey's is the lack of ligament damage in Doumit's ankle.

Doumit was hitting .269/.333/.441 with four home runs this season. The team called up catcher Dusty Brown on Monday to help replace Doumit.

The Pirates' biggest loss isn't as much on the field as it is having Doumit as a trade chip. Any team that trades for Doumit will have to see that he's healthy before pulling the trigger on a trade. Luckily, if he's only out a month, he'll have nearly a month to prove himself before the trade deadline.

The Pirates are looking to trade him because he's in the final year of a three-year contract that pays $5.1 million this season with a club option for the next two seasons at a total of $15.5 million, which the team may not be able to afford -- or may simply not desire to pay. Pittsburgh also has a $6.75 million option on Chris Snyder, and the team's top prospect is catcher Tony Sanchez, who is currently at Double-A and hitting .271/.378/.368.

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Posted on: August 19, 2010 5:11 pm
Edited on: August 19, 2010 5:21 pm

Saltalamacchia becomes 19th BoSox player on DL

Jarrod Saltalamacchia At some point, one just has to throw in the towel and concede that the gods just aren't interested in helping out.

The Red Sox recorded their 19th player on the disabled list as backup catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia was placed on the DL with a leg infection. Salty complained of a sore leg on Thursday and was sent to the hospital where an infection was found, according to the Boston Globe .

Rest easy -- it's not the MRSA virus , but it's not clear what it is. Tests are currently taking place to see if it is a staph infection. Saltalamacchia, acquired from the Texas Rangers at the trade deadline, is currently hooked up to an IV for antibiotics. Even though Salty could be out just a few days, the Red Sox couldn't afford to wait around for a backup catcher, so tapped Dusty Brown to replace Saltalamacchia.

This is Brown's second stint with the Red Sox, having previously paired up with Kevin Cash to form one of the worst offensive catching tandems while Victor Martinez was on the DL. (Gustavo Molina also paired up with Cash for their own terrible combo.) Brown hit  .182 in 11 plate appearances as a 28-year-old after replacing . Down in Triple-A, Brown has split time with Mark Wagner to hit .219/.309/.391 in 247 plate appearances.

Wagner, for his part, is at .202/.264/.340 in 107 PA and was on the disabled list, doing a rehab start for Class A Lowell. He has now rejoined the PawSox and will pair with Molina.

-- Evan Brunell

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