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prateem wrote:Is Ryan Doumit going to be the starting catcher for the Pirates now that Paulino is going to be out for around half the season? Everything I remember reading in the past was how well he could hit for a catcher. Anyone have any thoughts. Maybe some sort of offensive break out. He hit .295 through the minors and last year got some 225 ABs and hit .275 in the majors last season. Thats not a bad clip for a catcher. Anyone see 60 R 15 HR 75 RBI 4 SB .280 if given 425 abs? The would make him a top 8 catcher, no?
prateem wrote:Mar 20 Paulino (pinched nerve) was placed on the 15-day DL Wednesday, the Houston Chronicle reports.
Recommendation: Paulino won't be able to throw for at least a month and could be out for an additional two or three months once he can pick up a baseball.
Mar 12 The Associated Press reports Houston Astros SP Ronny Paulino (shoulder) will be out at least four weeks with a pinched nerve in his upper right arm. Paulino will receive anti-inflammatory medication and daily treatment and is not scheduled to throw for at least a month.
McStallen wrote:Ronny Paulino is not hurt, but even if he was, Ryan Doumit would not put up top-8 catcher numbers. I think Doumit is a poor fielder and could not be an every day catcher. He's probably not an every day player regardless of the position.
He's a good hitter and will put up nce peripherals but I don't think he'll crack 400 at-bats- so if Paulino was hurt for an extended period of time I think the Pirates would find another option at catcher
There was no fun for Paulino on this day.
In addition to that dropped popup, he made two poor throws: One came on a steal attempt of third that should have been a routine out but resulted in Jose Bautista leaping to corral it. The other came on an attempted 5-2-3 double play with the bases loaded. Paulino's throw to first sailed into right field and gave up two runs.
The Pirates still consider Paulino their No. 1 catcher, but management is pleased with Ryan Doumit's defensive progress this spring.
Paulino also went 0 for 2 with a strikeout at the plate, dropping his average to .184. Doumit's recent surge, including a single in three at-bats yesterday, has him at .275.
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