Hurdle had already laid out the rest of his lineup plans -- which include having Andrew McCutchen, Lyle Overbay and Pedro Alvarez hitting third, fourth and fifth, respectively, in the batting order. The inclusion of Doumit -- who will bat sixth -- comes as a result of Chris Snyder having to begin the season on the disabled list.
Experience, Hurdle said, was the deciding factor in choosing to have Doumit, not Jason Jaramillo, catch starter Kevin Correia on Friday.
"I think we've got enough young guys breaking in [on Friday] that we'll rely upon Ryan with some experience behind the plate," Hurdle said. "We'll use both. I know both of them have worked very hard, and both of them are trying to take ownership of trying to be the best catcher they can be to handle the staff."
Jaramillo will make at least one start during the three-game series against the Cubs; Hurdle didn't go so far as to promise the majority of the starts to one catcher over the other. Rather, Hurdle will look primarily at matchups when determining who will be in the lineup on any given day.
When Snyder (lower back stiffness) comes off the DL, he will step in as the team's primary catcher.