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Chris Stewart | Catcher | #19

Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Age / DOB:  (34) / 2/19/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 210
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Riverside (CA) CC
Drafted: 2001 / Rd. 12 (0) / CWS
Contract: view contract details

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Chris Stewart said Sunday that his surgically-repaired left knee is 100 percent.
Stewart played just three games after July 1 last season due to a knee injury that eventually required an arthroscopic operation. He'll enter spring training with a clean bill of health, though, and is slated to again back up Francisco Cervelli. Sun, Dec 11, 2016 12:20:00 PM

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Pirates activated C Chris Stewart from the 60-day disabled list.

The veteran backstop's season came to an end in September when he was forced to undergo arthroscopic knee surgery. He's expected to remain sidelined through November, but should still have plenty of time to get ready before pitchers and catchers report for spring training in February.
Sat, Nov 5, 2016 09:43:00 AM

Chris Stewart underwent arthroscopic surgery Tuesday on his left knee.

The procedure comes with 6-8 weeks of rest and rehab. Stewart finished the 2016 season with a weak .214/.319/.286 batting line in 113 plate appearances. He is owed $1.4 million from the Pirates in 2017.
Tue, Sep 20, 2016 05:09:00 PM

Pirates placed C Chris Stewart on the 60-day disabled list with a left knee injury.

Stewart has been bothered by knee and ankle problems for much of the season and might need surgery to finally get past all of it. He finishes 2016 with a poor .214/.319/.286 batting line in 34 games. The veteran backup catcher is under contract for $1.4 million in 2017.
Tue, Sep 13, 2016 04:12:00 PM

Pirates activated C Chris Stewart from the 15-day disabled list.

Stewart has been out since early July with knee issues. He'll return to backup catcher duties.
Fri, Sep 2, 2016 01:10:00 PM

Chris Stewart (knee) continues to catch every other day with Double-A Altoona.

Stewart has been on the disabled list since July 4 with a left knee injury. "He reports minimal symptoms right now," Pirates trainer Todd Tomczyk said Tuesday. "The biggest symptom right now is overall fatigue from not playing for that extended period of time." The catcher should rejoin the Bucs' active roster in early September.
Wed, Aug 24, 2016 12:30:00 PM

Chris Stewart (knee) will take part in a rehab assignment at Double-A Altoona beginning on Friday.

Stewart has been bothered by knee and ankle injuries at various points during the summer. His current stint on the disabled list is related to discomfort in his left knee. He has begun running the bases of late and has progressed enough in his recovery that is almost rehab assignment time. Trainer Todd Tomczyk actually voiced the possibility of surgery back in early July. For the time being, it looks like Stewart might be able to avoid going under the knife. Any setbacks in August could ultimately cost him the season, so he isn't quite out of the woods yet.
Wed, Aug 10, 2016 07:44:00 PM

Chris Stewart (knee) could begin a rehab assignment next week.

According to Pirates trainer Todd Tomczyk, Stewart's rehab assignment would likely boot up in the middle or later portion of the week after the calendar flips to August. The catcher ran the bases on Wednesday and is expected to ramp up baseball activities over the weekend. While Stewart has been plagued by knee and ankle woes during the summer months, the July MRI on his knee revealed wear and tear, as opposed to structural damage.
Wed, Jul 27, 2016 06:21:00 PM

Pirates trainer Todd Tomczyk said that the possibility of surgery is on the table for Chris Stewart (knee).

"If he can't play through it, surgery is an option. We're trying to avoid that at all costs and postpone it to the end of the season," Tomczyk explained. Stewart has undergone an MRI and Tomczyk admitted that it revealed "wear and tear," but declined to offer further details. Surgery, of course, is the nuclear option here. It is not out of the question that Stewart will simply manage to avoid the knife.
Wed, Jul 6, 2016 08:09:00 PM

Pirates placed C Chris Stewart on the 15-day disabled list with left knee discomfort.

Stewart has been bothered by knee and ankle troubles since mid-June and will take an extended All-Star break. Eric Fryer has been activated in a corresponding move.
Mon, Jul 4, 2016 11:27:00 AM

Chris Stewart (knee) is back in the Pirates' starting lineup Wednesday against the Giants.

Stewart missed a chunk of time with left knee stiffness. He will catch Francisco Liriano and bat eighth in his return to action Wednesday versus San Francisco.
Wed, Jun 22, 2016 03:27:00 PM

Chris Stewart (knee) remains out of the Pirates' lineup Tuesday versus the Giants.

Stewart hasn't played since Friday due to a stiff left knee. He was set to test his knee on Tuesday in preparation for a possible return to the lineup, but apparently the Pirates would prefer to rest him for another day. Jacob Stallings will start behind the plate.
Tue, Jun 21, 2016 03:02:00 PM

Chris Stewart will test his stiff left knee on Tuesday.

Stewart tweaked his knee while trying to play through a sore left ankle. He was also recently hit in the jaw on a backswing and hit in the left hip by a pitch, so he's been quite banged up. "Take a couple days off, giving it time to get under control, giving the rest of my body a chance to heal properly to where I'm not compensating in a certain area," said Stewart. The 34-year-old hasn't played since Friday, but he could be cleared to return Tuesday if he feels good.
Tue, Jun 21, 2016 10:38:00 AM

Chris Stewart passed three concussion tests after being hit in the head with a bat on Tuesday.

Stewart passed those tests, but remains out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Mets. In addition to his head injury, he has also been fighting through an ankle injury of late. Erik Kratz will start in his place. The Pirates are already exceedingly thin at catcher, as regular starter Francisco Cervelli is on the mend from a hand injury.
Wed, Jun 15, 2016 06:27:00 PM

Chris Stewart (ankle) went 0-for-3 in his return to the Pirates' lineup Tuesday.

The catcher had been out since Saturday because of a lingering ankle injury. Stewart will serve as the Pirates' primary starter behind the plate while Francisco Cervelli recovers from a hamate bone injury.
Wed, Jun 15, 2016 08:45:00 AM