Pirates Notebook: Concussion puts Doumit on DL
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So much for catcher Ryan Doumit's first season of durability.
After his third bout with a concussion or related symptoms this season, he was placed on the 15-day disabled list Thursday.
Erik Kratz, a 30-year-old rookie who made his major league debut Saturday, and Jason Jaramillo, who was recalled from Class AAA Indianapolis, will share time as Doumit's replacements.
Doumit played 80 of the Pirates' first 94 games, third-most on the club, in his third season as a starter and his sixth in the majors. He has yet to play more than 116 in a season. He played 75 games last season, when he missed most of the spring due to wrist surgery.
He missed three games in early June due to "concussion-like symptoms." Then came two bouts this week.
Doumit, 29, took a foul ball off his mask Monday and felt groggy afterward. So Pirates manager John Russell started Kratz Tuesday, and returned Doumit behind the plate Wednesday -- whereupon Milwaukee's Rickie Weeks ran over him in a home-plate collision.
"Ultimately, Ryan didn't want to go on the disabled list," Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said. "It was our decision in his best interest, in the team's best interest, in the organization's best interest to just go ahead and give Ryan 15 days of rest. He's been dinged a few times this year."
Russell continued: "We need to get Ryan healthy. Make sure he gets over this completely."
Doumit is expected to rest through the weekend and resume light physical exertion early next week.
Huntington said the Pirates expect Doumit to go on a rehabilitation assignment to one of their minor league teams near the end of the two weeks.
Center fielder Andrew McCutchen, recovering from an AC shoulder joint injury, sat Thursday for the fourth consecutive game. He took some swings, caught some more fly balls ... and bided his time for his right shoulder to heal.
"He's going to do a little more," Russell said before McCutchen participated in batting practice. "Swing the bat a little bit, see how it feels. Play a little catch. He's getting better. See how he progresses through this, and go from there."
The Pirates expect him to return to play Saturday or Sunday.
• India reality-show pickup Rinku Singh had a career-high four strikeouts in two innings and earned a hold in relief for the Gulf Coast League rookie team in Bradenton. He had eight strikeouts in 11 games total last summer.
• In a pregame ceremony Thursday, the 2010 WPIAL Class AAAA baseball champion Pine-Richland Rams retired 2004 graduate and current Pirates rookie Neil Walker's No. 24 jersey.
• Pedro Alvarez's consecutive multi-homer games represented a first by a Pirates player, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, since Jason Thompson did it in a Wrigley Field doubleheader June 26, 1984.
• The 15 runs scored Wednesday were the most by the Pirates since a 15-8 victory against the Los Angeles Dodgers Sept. 17, 2008.
First Published July 23, 2010 12:00 am