(I posted this on the Extra Innings Blog but thought I would re-post here.)
Chris Snyder left tonight's game with lower back tightness trying to stretch a single into a double in the second inning. This is the same injury that landed Snyder on the disabled list to start the season.
If the injury means Snyder has to go on the disabled list, the Pirates will have to add yet another catcher. Dusty Brown was called up and added to the 40-man roster when Ryan Doumit was hurt two weeks ago. At the time, Jason Jaramillo was unable to catch and on the AAA disabled list. Jaramillo is on the 40-man roster, but currently still not back in action in AAA. That leaves 28-year old Wyatt Toregas, who played 19 games at the major-league level with Cleveland in 2009 or 25-year old Eric Fryer who just was called up to AAA from AA when Brown was promoted to the Pirates. Either player would have to added to the 40-man roster.
An addition to the 40-man likely means that Pedro Ciriaco will be designated for assignment. The Pirates have recently added a lot of players to the 40-man and this seems like the next move. Nothing good in this scenario, but Ciriaco is not likely to get claimed on waivers and would go back to AAA.
The Pirates could also look outside the organization, but I would think Toregas, as a stopgap until Jaramillo is ready, is the most likely choice.
UPDATE: In the above scenario Ciriaco would not have to be designated for assignment. I had forgotten that the Watson/Ascanio move opened a space on the 40-man roster. Ciriaco instead would just be optioned back to Indy without having to clear waivers.