Pirates reinstate Chris Stewart and option Jacob Stallings to Triple-A

ATLANTA, GA - MAY 24: Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Chris Stewart looks to the dugout for a sign during a game between the Atlanta Braves and Pittsburgh Pirates on May 24, 2017 at SunTrust Park in Atlanta, GA. (Photo by Rich von Biberstein/Icon Sportswire)
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The Pittsburgh Pirates have reinstated catcher Chris Stewart from the 10-day disabled list and have optioned fellow backstop Jacob Stallings to Triple-A Indianapolis, according to MLB Roster Moves.

Stewart was placed on the disabled list back on May 30 due to a hamstring injury.

The 35-year-old has played in 16 games this season, posting a slash line of .225/.295/.350 with two RBI over 45 plate appearances.

Stewart has never been known for his bat, as he owns a lifetime slash line of .236/.304/.303 and has only hit nine home runs across 11 major-league seasons.

This is his fourth year serving as the Pirates’ backup catcher.

Pittsburgh originally acquired him in a December 2013 trade with the New York Yankees.

Stewart’s first season with the Pirates was his best. What he lacked in power he made up for in getting on base, slashing .294/.362/.331 with 10 RBI across 154 plate appearances.

Stewart, who played his college baseball at Riverside Community College in California, was originally selected by the Chicago White Sox in the 12th round of the 2001 MLB June Amateur Draft.

He briefly broke into the league with the White Sox in 2006, playing in six games.

After that, however, Stewart became a journeyman, and since then, he has played for the Texas Rangers, San Diego Padres and San Francisco Giants in addition to the Pirates and Yankees.

Stallings has played in 24 contests with Pittsburgh this year, slashing .259/.323/.365 with one home run and 10 RBI.

He also took the field with the Pirates five times last season, managing six hits in 15 plate appearances.

Pittsburgh is 31-37 and sits five games behind the Milwaukee Brewers for first place in the National League Central Division.

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