ATLANTA -- Ryan Doumit joined Triple-A Indianapolis on Tuesday to begin what should be the final checkpoint in his return from a left ankle sprain. Based on the timeline the Pirates have laid out for Doumit, the catcher could be ready to return as early as the second part of next week.
After appearing in five rehab games with Class A Advanced Bradenton, Doumit was scheduled to catch seven innings in Indianapolis' games on Tuesday and Thursday. He will serve as the designated hitter on Wednesday and Friday before catching a full nine innings for the first time on Saturday.
Doumit will be limited to pinch-hit duty on Sunday, after which Doumit will catch back-to-back games next week. The Pirates will reevaluate his status in about a week. By the time Doumit returns from the ankle injury, he will have missed more than two months.