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Chris Stewart | Catcher | #19

Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Age / DOB:  (35) / 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 exited Friday's game against the Rays with a sore left groin.
The Pirates are calling him day-to-day, so it doesn't sound like anything that might keep him from being available for Opening Day. Stewart will be the Bucs' backup catcher this season. Mar 24 - 3:56 PM

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Chris Stewart (knee) is scheduled to make his Grapefruit League debut on Tuesday.

Stewart has been eased along in Pirates camp after requiring arthroscopic surgery on his left knee last September. The veteran backup catcher should be ready for the 2017 regular season if he can avoid setbacks.
Mar 6 - 3:18 PM

Chris Stewart (knee) is nearly ready to catch bullpen sessions and simulated games.

Stewart has been eased into action this spring after requiring arthroscopic surgery on his left knee last September. It shouldn't take long for the 35-year-old backup catcher to prepare himself for the opening of the 2017 regular season.
Mar 2 - 8:54 AM

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

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

Depth Charts

C1Francisco Cervelli
2Chris Stewart
3Elias Diaz
1B1Josh Bell
2John Jaso
3Jose Osuna
4Joey Terdoslavich
2B1Josh Harrison
2Alen Hanson
3Phil Gosselin
SS1Jordy Mercer
3B1Jung Ho Kang
2David Freese
LF1Gregory Polanco
2Adam Frazier
CF1Starling Marte
2Eury Perez
RF1Andrew McCutchen
Starting Pitcher
S1Gerrit Cole
2Jameson Taillon
3Ivan Nova
4Tyler Glasnow
5Chad Kuhl
6Steven Brault
7Drew Hutchison
8Josh Lindblom
9Brandon Cumpton
Relief Pitcher
R1Tony Watson
2Daniel Hudson
3Felipe Rivero
4Jared Hughes
5Juan Nicasio
6Antonio Bastardo
7Trevor Williams
8A.J. Schugel
9Wade LeBlanc
10Tyler Webb
11Jason Stoffel
12Dan Runzler