Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Chris Stewart will meet with Dr. James Andrews on Wednesday to determine the severity of his right knee injury, according to a baseball source. The team fears that Stewart has a torn meniscus, and believes that surgery is likely at this point.
Stewart, who was acquired in an offseason trade with the Yankees, was slated to be Russell Martin's backup catcher for the Pirates. He is now likely to miss a good portion of the season, meaning that the Bucs could lean on Tony Sanchez as their backup catcher for most of the season.
If Pittsburgh is willing to look elsewhere, there are some options out there for backup catchers. Free agent Kelly Shoppach, who appeared briefly in the Pirates' system last summer, could be an option, as well as Miguel Olivo, who recently requested his release from the Dodgers. The Red Sox are also reportedly shopping Ryan Lavarnway, who could be viewed as the perfect fit in Pittsburgh if the teams could match up on a deal.