Jaramillo sent down to make room for Snyder

Jaramillo sent down to make room for Snyder

PITTSBURGH -- Catcher Chris Snyder will join the Pirates on Thursday, following a week-long rehab stint with Class A Advanced Bradenton. The club announced the move following Wednesday's 6-0 loss to the Brewers.

Jason Jaramillo was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis to make room for Snyder on the roster.

Snyder returns after playing six games for Bradenton. He was behind the plate in four of those and logged a total of 24 plate appearances. Most importantly, Snyder reported no soreness in his back. He had to stop playing twice during Spring Training because of back issues.

Jaramillo stands as the No. 3 catcher on the Pirates' depth chart, which made him the obvious candidate to be pushed out of a spot. He now heads to Indianapolis and will share catching duties with Dusty Brown.

"I feel like I've shown people that I deserve to be here and that I've done a pretty good job," said Jaramillo, who went 5-for-14 in four games. "Like I said, I'm going to go do my job, and hopefully I'm back up here a lot sooner rather than later."

The impending arrival of Snyder will affect Ryan Doumit's playing time as well. After starting eight of the first 11 games, Doumit is expected to fall into a backup role. While Doumit may get more playing time than a traditional second catcher, Snyder will serve as the team's primary catcher.