“It was one of those things where I didn’t think too much of it at the time,” Doumit said. “What was weird is it felt more like a little grab. I feel like those things happen all the time. I didn’t think too much of it and it turned out to be much more than that.”
Doumit, who is scheduled to have surgery on the wrist Thursday, is expected to miss between eight to 10 weeks of action. Dr. Mark Baratz will perform the surgery in Pittsburgh. Doumit will have his right wrist re-examined in four to five weeks to determine the extent of healing. The results of that test will dictate his course of rehab.
“A lot of things went into the decision to have surgery,” Doumit explained. “It was recovery time, whether or not if I would have continued to try to play - if it would have had any long term effects. I want to be able to come back the same player - a productive player. It sucks - this is something that I didn’t see coming.”
Rookie catcher Jason Jaramillo will do the bulk of the catching in Doumit’s absence.
“It is kind of bittersweet,” Jaramillo offered. “It’s a dream come true for me to get in there and help a big league team win. I’m looking forward to it, but on the other hand you lose a big part of this club in Ryan.”
The Pirates have recalled catcher Robinzon Diaz from Triple-A Indianapolis to take Doumit's spot on the active roster. The 25-year-old Diaz hit .350 (7-for-20) with a double and three RBI in six games with Indianapolis, which included a .429 (6-for-14) average against right-handed pitching.
Diaz was acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays last year on August 25 as the player to be named in the deal which the Pirates sent Jose Bautista to the Blue Jays. In two games with the Pirates last September, Diaz went 3-for-6 with an RBI.
“I feel extremely hurt for Ryan,” Pirates manager John Russell said. “I know the work and effort he’s put into this. We’ll be fine and the guys will pull together and Ryan will still be around and will still be a big part of this, but unfortunately he won’t be on the field. Team wise we’ll move on.”