Wrist surgery to sideline Pittsburgh Pirates C Ryan Doumit

by Keith Hernandez on April 21, 2009 @ 01:01:03 PDT


ESPNews reports the Pittsburgh Pirates placed catcher Ryan Doumit (wrist) on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, April 21, with a fracture in his right wrist. He will miss eight to 10 weeks with a displaced fracture of the scaphoid bone, which will have pins inserted, according to Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Doumit first felt pain in his right wrist after a swing in his second at-bat against the Atlanta Braves Sunday, April 19. He described the feeling as "more like a pull than a pop," according to manager John Russell.

The injury to Doumit is a major blow to the team, as they do not have a truly experienced backup option. The Pirates' starting catcher was hitting .244 with two home runs and nine RBIs in 45 at-bats this season. He has not experienced prior problems with this wrist.

The team will likely continue to employ catcher Jason Jaramillo behind the dish. Catcher Robinzon Diaz has been called up from the minors to serve as the backup. Jaramillo should only be considered in NL-only formats and watched in two-catcher leagues, while Diaz is not worth fantasy consideration.

Fantasy owners of Doumit will need to act accordingly with the switch-hitting slugger on the bench for an extended amount of time. Doumit could be stashed on your DL-spot if you have the room, but if you don't, you might want to consider dropping him in extremely shallow leagues for another catcher that will give you consistent playing time.

Doumit has been injury prone in his career, and it could take him some time to return to form upon his activation from the DL. Still, managers in deep setups should do all they can to stash him because of his offensive potential from the catcher spot.

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About Keith Hernandez

Keith, an editor with KFFL, joined the team as a Hot off the Wire analyst in 2008 and has been playing fantasy sports since 2005. He is involved in MLB, NFL and NASCAR content. He graduated from the University of California-San Diego in 2005 with a B.A. in Communications and was a four-year starter as a member of the baseball program.

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