We mentioned this Wednesday, but it seems even more appropriate now. It would be a real surprise if Jake Fox, who is on waivers, gets past the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The Pittsburgh Tribune Review is reporting that starting catcher Chris Snyder (lower back injury) will be placed on the disabled list today and will be replaced on the roster by catcher Wyatt Toregas.
Toregas, at least temporarily, will back up Dusty Brown, who was summoned when catcher Ryan Doumit fractured his ankle. The Pirates' third catcher, Jason Jaramillo, is on the minor league disabled list with an elbow injury.
So, at this point, the Pirates will have their No. 4 and No. 5 catchers on their big league roster. We all know Jake Fox isn't Johnny Bench, but he should be able to crack that rotation.
The Pirates were interested in claiming Fox this spring -- it seemed like he hit 40 homers against them in March -- but he wasn't put on waivers. I was told by an industry source this week that the Bucs weren't interested in trading for Fox this week because they didn't have an obvious place for him.
Now they do, and he wouldn't cost them a player. One other thing to remember here: The Pirates are playing. 500 ball, and since the waiver wire goes in reverse order of the standings -- it is not specific to league -- there are roughly a dozen teams that will have an earlier crack at Fox.
A claim, if there is one, should be announced by Friday afternoon. If he isn't claimed, Fox will be outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk.
A few more things:
Here's a note to major league baseball's struggling teams: Don't come to Baltimore if you want to keep your management.
Today, the Oakland A's fired Bob Geren after his team was swept by the Orioles on Wednesday and replaced him with former Arizona Diamondbacks manager (and former Orioles catcher) Bob Melvin.
Last year, the Florida Marlins fired Fredi Gonzalez after a loss in Baltimore. In 2009, the Toronto Blue Jays fired general manager J.P. Ricciardi after a loss in Baltimore.
Sensing a trend?
By the way, good luck to Melvin, a really good guy who was mentioned as a possibility for the O's job last year but didn't get an interview.
The pitching matchups for next week's games in Toronto is: Tuesday, RHP Carlos Villanueva vs. LHP Zach Britton; Wednesday, LHP Ricky Romero vs. RHP Jake Arrieta; and Thursday, RHP Brandon Morrow vs. RHP Jeremy Guthrie.