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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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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. Jul 6 - 8:09 PM

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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.
Jul 4 - 11:27 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.
Jun 22 - 3:27 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.
Jun 21 - 3:02 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.
Jun 21 - 10:38 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.
Jun 15 - 6:27 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.
Jun 15 - 8:45 AM

Chris Stewart left Saturday's game agains the Cardinals after a collision with Jeremy Hazelbaker at home plate.

Stewart almost didn't start because of a lingering ankle injury and the collision with Hazelbaker probably didn't help matters. He went 0-for-2 before Erik Kratz replaced him in the eighth inning. With Stewart banged up and Francisco Cervelli (hand) out at least 4-6 weeks, the Pirates are dangerously thin at catcher. The team has even discussed putting first baseman John Jaso behind the plate.
Jun 11 - 9:46 PM

Chris Stewart went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Sunday's loss to the Reds.

Stewart connected for his solo shot off Reds starter Tim Melville in the second inning. The dinger was his first of the season and gave him his first RBI, to boot. He would later add a single. Nice game aside, the veteran backstop has no fantasy value. Francisco Cervelli is firmly entrenched as the Pirates' starting catcher
Apr 10 - 4:30 PM

Pirates and C Chris Stewart avoided arbitration by agreeing to a two-year, $2.75 million contract with a $1.5 million club option for 2018.

The deal covers his final year of arbitration and first year of free agency. Stewart owns a weak .238/.303/.303 career batting line in over 1,000 major league plate appearances, but the Bucs clearly view the 33-year-old as a steady backup to starting catcher Francisco Cervelli. At least for the 2016 season. Cervelli can become a free agent next winter.
Jan 14 - 3:17 PM

Chris Stewart went 3-for-4 with a season-high three RBI in Friday's win over the Brewers.

Stewart had a two-run single in the fourth inning and singled in another run in the sixth. In limited playing time as Francisco Cervelli's backup, the 33-year-old is batting .294/.327/.343 over 156 plate appearances this season.
Fri, Sep 11, 2015 10:50:00 PM

Chris Stewart went 2-for-3 with an RBI double in Friday's win over the Mets.

A nice night for Stewart, who also threw out two would-be base stealers. The 33-year-old is batting .267/.277/.333 through 15 games as Francisco Cervelli's backup.
Fri, May 22, 2015 09:56:00 PM

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

Stewart got a late start to the season due to a right hamstring strain, but he played in a few rehab games with no issues. He'll back up Francisco Cervelli.
Fri, Apr 17, 2015 02:04:00 PM

Chris Stewart (hamstring) is beginning a minor league rehab assignment Thursday at Double-A Altoona.

Stewart had already been playing in minor league games at the Pirates' spring training complex, so he shouldn't be on this rehab assignment for very long. He'll presumably take over as the Pirates' backup catcher when deemed fully healthy. Tony Sanchez has been filling that role in the early going.
Thu, Apr 9, 2015 03:44:00 PM

Pirates placed C Chris Stewart on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring.

Stewart is already playing in minor league games and has a chance to be activated when eligible. Tony Sanchez will handle the backup catching duties until then.
Sun, Apr 5, 2015 03:32:00 PM

Depth Charts

C1Francisco Cervelli
2Chris Stewart
3Eric Fryer
1B1John Jaso
2B1Josh Harrison
SS1Jordy Mercer
3B1Jung Ho Kang
2David Freese
3Sean Rodriguez
LF1Starling Marte
2Matt Joyce
CF1Andrew McCutchen
2Adam Frazier
RF1Gregory Polanco
Starting Pitcher
S1Gerrit Cole
2Francisco Liriano
3Jeff Locke
4Jameson Taillon
Relief Pitcher
R1Mark Melancon
2Tony Watson
3Arquimedes Caminero
4Neftali Feliz
5Jared Hughes
6A.J. Schugel
7Ryan Vogelsong
8Juan Nicasio
9Jon Niese