While the Pirates don't necessarily need Pagnozzi for the final 13 games of this season, the club made this move while looking ahead to 2012. The Pirates hold club options on Chris Snyder and Ryan Doumit, and it seems unlikely that either of those options will be exercised. The club could re-sign either at a lower cost, but that's not a guarantee either.
If neither returns, the Pirates now have Pagnozzi, Michael McKenry and Jason Jaramillo as options to fill the catching void.
A product of the Cardinals' farm system, Pagnozzi left St. Louis and signed with the Rockies last November. He appeared in just seven games with Colorado in 2011 and had six hits in 21 at-bats.
Pagnozzi played in another 54 games at the Triple-A level this season, where he hit .275 with a .337 on-base percentage, 13 doubles, three homers and 29 RBIs. Pagnozzi, 28, threw out 29 percent of the runners trying to steal off him.
Since 2009, Pagnozzi has appeared in 28 Major League games.
The Pirates made room for Pagnozzi on the 40-man roster by transferring Steve Pearce to the 60-day disabled list. Pearce is out for the rest of the season with a right index finger fracture.