Toregas knows he has challenge ahead

Toregas knows he has challenge ahead

PITTSBURGH -- Wyatt Toregas, who hadn't seen any of his Pirates teammates since Spring Training, arrived in the clubhouse earlier than most on Thursday and was greeted with hugs and handshakes as other players arrived.

Toregas got a phone call at about 1 a.m. on Thursday, telling him he'd been called up to the Majors to replace Chris Snyder. He drove from Indianapolis to Pittsburgh on Thursday morning.

"It's early June right now, and if you had asked me at the beginning of the season if I was going to be here in June, I'd be, like, 'No way,'" Toregas said. "But there were a lot of injuries, and it kind of trickled down from catcher to catcher."

In 11 appearances with Indianapolis this season, Toregas was 1-for-29. He had one stint in the big leagues in 2009, when he batted .176 with six RBIs in 19 games with Cleveland.

The Pirates must now rely on two inexperienced catchers in Toregas and Dusty Brown, who has a total of 19 games played at the Major League level over three seasons. Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said he thinks the transition at catcher is the most difficult of any position, as the catcher must quickly adapt to the pitching staff.

"The fortunate part we have is, Brown and Wyatt both caught some volume of our guys in Spring Training," Hurdle said. "[They've] practically caught all of them. So there is some familiarity."