TAMPA, Fla. -- All that discussion about whether the Pirates should keep two or three catchers to begin the season might end up being a moot point, as Chris Snyder is now once again sidelined with back soreness.
Snyder missed two weeks of spring games with the same ailment before returning behind the plate on Thursday. At that time, he thought he was in the clear and was confident that a week would be sufficient enough time to get ready for the start of the regular season. He felt no pain on Thursday night, but the stiffness resurfaced on Friday.
"It's frustrating," said Snyder, who was scratched from Saturday's lineup. "At that point, my mind was ahead of my body. I wouldn't say it's a terrible regression; it's just one of those things that maybe I did a little bit too much too soon. We are where we are, and it is where it is."
Snyder, who had season-ending back surgery in 2009, wasn't ready to speculate on how this might affect his ability to be ready by April 1. However, given the length of time it took him to recover from the same issue earlier this month, it seems unlikely that Snyder will be able to open the season as the club's starting catcher.
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"It could have an impact on our catching situation," manager Clint Hurdle said. "We need to revisit what the issues are. For it to happen again after catching the night game, we'll have to see. It definitely could jeopardize what we do with our roster and who goes with us."
If Snyder is not healthy enough to begin the season, the Pirates will carry Ryan Doumit and Jason Jaramillo on the Opening Day roster. In such a scenario, the Pirates would not keep three catchers.