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Pregame: Three’s a crowd


Catcher Chris Snyder (lower back pain) is making progress in his rehab assignment with High-A Bradenton, and it should’t be too long before he comes off the disabled list.

When that happens, Jason Jaramillo almost certainly will go back to Triple-A Indianapolis. Manager Clint Hurdle this morning confirmed the team will not carry three catches on the active roster.

Hurdle also said he doesn’t expect to use Ryan Doumit either in right field or at first base. “It wouldn’t be fair to Ryan,” Hurdle said. Doumit was supposed to get some playing time in the outfield during spring training, but was sidelined by a strained oblique. He’s also generally uncomfortable at first base — that experiment was a disaster last season — making that a very remote possibility in the future.

Hurdle indicated the No. 3 catcher in an emergency situation would be either Matt Diaz or Steve Pearce. There do not appear to be any plans for Neil Walker to ever again strap on catcher’s gear.

Lineups for today’s game:

Rockies (5-2) – 1. Dexter Fowler cf, 2. Jonathan Herrera 2b, 3. Jason Giambo 1b, 4. Troy Tulowitzki ss, 5. Seth Smith rf, 6. Jose Lopez 3b, 7. Ty Wigginton lf, 8. Chris Iannetta c, 9. Jhoulys Chacin

Pirates (5-4) – 1. Jose Tabata lf, 2. Neil Walker 2b, 3. Andrew McCutchen, 4. Lyle Overbay 1b, 5. Pedro Alvarez 3b, 6. Ryan Doumit c, 7. Garrett Jones rf, 8. Ronny Cedeno ss, 9. James McDonald



  1. Chuck H. says:

    O.K. Pirate fans, now I can say it-“same old Pirates”, who are going to make it 19 losing seasons in a row. Apparently Hurtle is no smarter than Russell, leaving in Crotta to walk in the go ahead run, in fact, he faced four batters-walked three of them and one got a single. The team ought to load up all their so called RELIEF pitchers on a bus and send them to Altoona. I, for one, won’t be following the Bucs anymore. I am tired watching them lose more than they win. It’s about time you spend some money and get some hitters.

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