Snyder trying to work his way back this season

Snyder trying to work his way back this season

ST. LOUIS -- Catcher Chris Snyder, along with most of the Pirates' injured players, remained in Pittsburgh when the club took off to begin this stretch of 11 games in four cities. Snyder had anticipated resuming some swinging by this weekend, though that might still be a few days away.

Manager Clint Hurdle said that Snyder hopes to resume some light baseball activities soon and that there is an outside chance that Snyder plays before the end of the season.

"I think the young man wants to get back to show the industry that he's fit for duty," Hurdle said. "I think they're all of the mindset to try and find a way to get back. There is time in front of them to continue and work and be optimistic."

Showing that he's fully recovered would have a positive impact on Snyder's value heading into the offseason. If the Pirates do not exercise Snyder's $6.75 million option for 2012, the catcher will become a free agent.

While the Pirates might not be willing to pay the price of the option, it could make sense for the club to approach Snyder about signing for a lesser amount. Without an obvious starting-catcher option for next season, the Pirates could benefit from a veteran presence.

Since injuring his back in early June, Snyder has accompanied the team on a number of road trips to stay involved in scouting meetings and work with rookie catchers who have filled in during his absence.

"He's just been a really good fit for our team from Spring Training until now," Hurdle said. "He's been very valuable, and I think there is a lot of good baseball still in front of him if he can pull through this setback with his back."