Pirates reassign 4; Snyder hurt

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TAMPA, Fla. -- The Pirates this morning reassigned four players to minor league camp: infielder Andy Marte, utilityman Corey Wimberly, catcher Dusty Brown and pitcher Brian Burres.

The major league camp roster is now at 32 and needs to get down to 25 for the season opener at Wrigley Field on Friday.

Also this morning, catcher Chris Snyder was scratched from this afternoon's game in Tampa against the Yankees because of back soreness and Jason Jaramillo has been inserted into the lineup. Snyder has battled minor back problems much of spring. He caught Thursday night in a game against the Orioles after a layoff of 13 days from game action.

"My mind was ahead of my body," Snyder said this morning. "It is just soreness. I wouldn't say it is a regression, I wish I had [more answers]. I'm the guy who sits behind the plate a mask on, I'm not the trainers, but I wouldn't say it is a terrible regression. I'd just say that maybe I did a little too much, too soon."

Snyder's stated goal, through spring, has been to be ready for the opener on Friday, which could be in jeopardy now.

Snyder's health -- and whether he'd start the season on the disabled list or on the active roster -- would greatly impact a roster spot. Also, a decision has yet to be made on whether the Pirates will carry three catchers this season, manager Clint Hurdle said this morning.

Hurdle said, however, utilityman Steve Perace has made a very strong case to make the roster regardless of what happens, particularly with Marte being reassigned this morning.

More details in tomorrow's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.


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