Chris Snyder is out for the year. He's having back surgery tomorrow. Nobody in the organization has confirmed it, but book it. He is a free agent at the end of the season and he has to now be worried about his future.
Ryan Doumit will be back, best case, around the end of July.
Jason Jaramillo is just now headed to Bradenton and won't be back for at least a couple of weeks from what I can best ascertain from talking to Clint Hurdle.
So, what's the answer?
The Pirates need to go out and acquire a guy who can start this year and next. That is actually an advantage if the Pirates are willing to take on salary--and they should be. Neither Snyder nor Doumit is going to be signed for next year. That is $10+ million off the books. A month ago there was a chance that either or both could be signed, but now it makes no sense unless we are talking about 1-year deals for $1-1.5 million. The injury issues are too big a concern and Eric Fryer should be able to back-up next year and Tony Sanchez should be ready to take over in 2013.
While this is a harsh blow for some period of time--having to start Brown and Toregas, the Pirates may actually be in a position to sort the catching postion out if someone is looking to dump a contract for next year much like the Diamonbacks did with Snyder last year.
But the Pirates are going to have to find a trading partner who knows the team is desperate and that could prove costly.