Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Catcher Jumps for Joy over His Promotion

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Catcher Jumps for Joy over His Promotion

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MILWAUKEE - Not long before reporting to Miller Park to begin his first stint on a major league roster, Elias Diaz was in Class AAA Indianapolis manager Dean Treanor's office, jumping up and down.

"I made it," Diaz was saying then. "I made it."

Diaz was one of six players - five promoted from Indianapolis, one activated off the disabled list - that the Pirates added to their active roster Tuesday. The Pirates also added outfielders Jaff Decker and Travis Snider, left-hander Bobby LaFromboise and right-hander Radhames Liz. They activated right-hander Rob Scahill, who had been out since June 26 because of tightness in his right forearm, from the 15-day disabled list.

Diaz earned the promotion rather than Tony Sanchez, the Pirates' first-round pick in 2009.

"We think the world of what Elias can do defensively with his receiving, blocking, throwing," general manager Neal Huntington said. "We feel that he's taken steps ahead of Tony on that front."

Sanchez has major league experience, but hit .237 with a .349 on- base percentage and .348 slugging percentage for Indianapolis this season. He also threw out only 17 percent of runners attempting to steal.

"At the end of the day, based on performance," manager Clint Hurdle said.

Diaz hit .271 with four homers and 16 doubles for Indianapolis and threw out 30 percent of runners trying to steal.

"It's my strength behind the plate," Diaz said. "It's my passion to throw the runners out."

The Pirates had one open spot on their 40-man roster, but needed two, to add Liz and Snider. To create one, they called up right- hander Casey Sadler, who is rehabilitating after receiving a platelet-rich plasma injection to help a right forearm strain, to the major league roster and put him on the 60-day disabled list.

Snider, who spent parts of 2012-14 with the Pirates before they traded him to the Baltimore Orioles in January, signed a minor league contract with the Pirates in August after the Orioles released him. …

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