by Zane Heiple
|Photo by zimbio.com
The Pittsburgh Pirates placed catcher Chris Snyder on the 15 day disabled list on Thursday for a herniated disk injury in his lower back. Wyatt Toregas was called up from AAA Indianapolis to give the Buccos another catcher on the 25 man roster.
Toregas is a former 2004 draft pick of the Cleveland Indians in the 24th round out of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He has spent the majority of his career in the Minor Leagues and did not make his Major League debut until August of 2009. During that stretch he played in 19 games where he batted .176 with 6 RBI. Behind the plate he threw out 2 of 10 batters that attempted to steal on him. After spending the 2010 season with the Columbus Clippers, he was released by the Indians and then signed a contract with the Pirates in 2011.
So far he has spent all of 2011 with the Indianapolis Indians where he has hit .034 and thrown out 25% of runners who have attempted stealing. While this is by no means an answer to the injuries of Ryan Doumit and Snyder, Toregas is an insurance policy incase Dusty Brown needs time off. Pittsburgh has stated that they have started looking outside the organization for catching help, so there could be more updates from behind the plate coming soon.