Snyder likely to begin year on DL

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

GM Neal Huntington said it is “very probable” that Chris Snyder will begin the year on the disabled list. Snyder continues to deal with back soreness, and though he said he is improving, the Pirates can’t risk beginning the season with a catcher who isn’t close to 100 percent.

With Snyder headed to the DL, Jason Jaramillo and Ryan Doumit will be the team’s two catchers. This also means that outfielder John Bowker will win the final bench spot, which could have gone to a third catcher if the team had opted to keep one.

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