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Elias Diaz out for the year

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Elias Diaz will be out for the rest of the year due to discomfort an infection in his left leg.  He had a procedure done to clean it out in Pittsburgh.  Between his elbow surgery and now this, Diaz has missed all but about a month and a half of the season, and has gotten four ABs in the majors in a year when the Pirates were desperately searching for catchers.

This obviously leaves the Pirates with a dubious catching situation while they play out the string on their disappointing season.  Francisco Cervelli can't stay healthy.  Chris Stewart has a gimpy knee and an OPS+ of 62 on the year.  And Eric Fryer has an OPS+ of 39 during his time with the Pirates, while catching only two of 15 base stealers.  Stewart has compiled 0.0 fWAR this year, while Fryer has managed to contribute -0.2 during limited playing time.

But, hey, the Pirates didn't need Reese McGuire because there were other players ahead of him.