PITTSBURGH – Jason Delay seemed on his way out of professional baseball at this time last year.
Delay was the third-string catcher with the Pittsburgh Pirates’ Triple-A Indianapolis farm club. His role had been reduced to basically warming up pitchers in the bullpen.
Today, at least for the moment, Delay is the Pirates’ primary catcher as Austin Hedges is on the seven-day concussion injured list.
It may not be long before Delay is back to be the No. 2 catcher. Hedges has been taking batting practice and said after Saturday night’s 11-5 loss to the Chicago White Sox at PNC Park that he is feeling much better.