By Jason Shetler
According to Sean McCool of Pirates Prospects, Chris Stewart will be rejoining the Pirates on September 1st when the roster expands.
Stewart has been on the disabled list since July 4th with left knee discomfort. He’s played in 31 games this season with the Pirates, posting just a .305 on base percentage. Behind the plate, his caught stealing rate has been 4% below the league average at 23%. The day before Stewart went on the DL, the Pirates claimed Eric Fryer off waivers from the St. Louis Cardinals to replace him.
Two weeks ago, Stewart began his rehab assignment with the Altoona Curve, and has been catching nine inning games recently. The decision to activate Stewart in September isn’t much of a surprise, as it allows him to be added to the roster without having to DFA Fryer as a corresponding move. With the second half struggles of Gerrit Cole, it’ll be curious to see if the Pirates revisit the Cole/Stewart battery.