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Pirates Send Erik Kratz To Indianapolis, Activate Ryan Doumit

The Pirates have sent Erik Kratz back to Indianapolis to make way for Ryan Doumit, who had been on the DL. Kratz just came up a couple of weeks ago to make his major league debut at the age of 30; that was fun while it lasted, I suppose. Doumit will act as Chris Snyder’s backup, and will also pick up time in right field and perhaps at first base. As I wrote at Bucs Dugout, I’m not a big fan of having Doumit play anywhere other than catcher or pinch-hitter. True, he’s a dreadful defensive catcher, and acquiring Snyder to replace him as a starter was a good move, but he appears to be a bad defensive first baseman too, and the Pirates already have young starters at all three outfield positions.

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