The Pirates have announced a series of roster moves prior to today’s game. Catcher Tyler Heineman has been placed on the 10-day injured list due to a right groin strain. Left-hander Dillon Peters has been placed on the 15-day IL due to left elbow inflammation. To take those roster spots, the club has recalled lefty Eric Stout and selected catcher Taylor Davis. There was a vacancy on the club’s 40-man roster, meaning no corresponding move will be required in that regard. Mike Persak of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette had Davis’s promotion shortly before the team announcement.
Davis, 32, was drafted by the Cubs in 2011 and worked his way up to make his MLB debut with them in 2017. He got into just 20 MLB games with the Cubbies over the three-year stretch from 2017 to 2019. He was outrighted at the end of that season and signed a minor league deal with the Orioles. With the pandemic canceling the minor league seasons that year and Davis not getting called to the bigs, he never logged any official action. Last year, he got traded to the Pirates and added two more games to his MLB tally. He was released at the end of the year and re-signed on a minor league pact. In 35 Triple-A games this year, he’s hitting .282/.358/.320.
The Pirates have dealt with some attrition behind the plate this year, as Roberto Perez underwent season-ending surgery in May. Michael Perez was designated for assignment and traded to the Mets a few weeks ago, leaving Heineman and Jason Delay as the catching tandem. With Heineman now hitting the shelf, it seems it will be Delay and Davis, at least for the time being. The severity of Heineman’s injury isn’t known at this time.