09/05/11 1:24 PM ET
Huntington: 'Hernandez, Hague won't receive callups'
By George Von Benko / Special to MLB.com
Hernandez had a solid season with Triple-A Indianapolis and Hague was the MVP for Indianapolis, but the Pirates have a logjam at first base and in the outfield.
"Derrek Lee's come back healthy, and Hague had a very solid season and Hernandez picked up traction throughout the season," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle stated. "We are proud of their play and very encouraged by their play. One of them is a non-roster guy, [so] you've got to create a roster spot, which is a challenge and has been challenging for us because of injuries. Hernandez is on the 40-man roster, but to bring them up and not play them for us is not the proper thing to do. We do want to see Lee, and we've got a stable of outfielders.
Snyder confirms he's finished for season
PITTSBURGH -- Catcher Chris Snyder made it official that he won't play another game for the Pirates in 2011. Snyder underwent lower back surgery on June 10.
"It looks like at this point, the calender got the best of us," Snyder said. "The plan for me is to head out on Wednesday and go back to Houston and be with some family for a little bit. [Then I'll] head home to Phoenix on the 11th and continue my rehab at API. [I'll] ... meet up with the team when they come to Phoenix on the 19th and continue my rehab throughout the [offseason] and see where I'm at in February."
Snyder had hoped that he'd be able to recover in time to salvage a few weeks of playing time before he entered the offseason.
"As of right now, there is no sense in rushing anything and putting pressure on the organization to make a move that late in the season and possibly coming back a little too quick," Snyder explained. "There's still a lot I need to do. I haven't run on flat ground yet. I squatted, [but] I haven't caught a bullpen and I just started throwing. There's not enough days in the seasonal calender for me to come back."
If the Pirates do not exercise Snyder's $6.75 million option for 2012, the 30-year-old catcher will become a free agent. The Pirates have not indicated whether they'd like to pursue re-signing Snyder at a lesser cost.
Snyder say's he will be ready for Spring Training.
"It will be a good offseason," Snyder said. "I'll get after it and do what I need to do and see where we're at."
Tabata exits with left wrist discomfort
PITTSBURGH -- Pirates right fielder Jose Tabata was removed from Monday's game against the Astros after striking out in the bottom of the third inning. Garrett Jones replaced Tabata, who was suffering from continuing pain in his left wrist.
Manager Clint Hurdle already had plans to give Tabata some days off down the stretch in order to rest the ailing wrist.
Tabata is dealing with just some mild tenderness, but Hurdle wants to be proactive so the ailment doesn't get worse.
"It's just maintenance of the issue," Hurdle said. "It flares up from time to time. Is he playable? Yeah. How productive he can be, that's the question."
Karstens to miss another start with arm soreness
PITTSBURGH -- Jeff Karstens will miss another turn in the rotation, meaning that the right-hander will not take the mound for his next scheduled start on Wednesday. Karstens has been battling arm soreness and fatigue of late.
Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said that lefty Brian Burres will make that start against the Astros.
Burres, who took Karstens' spot in the rotation on Friday, picked up a win in his 2011 debut by holding the Cubs to one run in 5 1/3 innings.
"Burres has pitched here before," Hurdle said. "I thought he kept the ball down exceptionally well against the Cubs."
Outfielder Starling Marte has been selected as the Eastern League Rookie of the Year, the first Altoona player to win the award. Marte is hitting a league-high .332, with 38 doubles, eight triples, 12 home runs, 50 RBIs, 90 runs and 24 stolen bases in 128 games.
Neil Walker's 79 RBIs are the most of any National League second baseman and trail only Robinson Cano (100) in the Majors.
George Von Benko is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.