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According to Pittsburgh Pirates manager Lloyd McClendon, with veteran Bentito Santiago sidelined with a viral infection, Cota will step in as the team's top catcher, despite the recent solid play of David Ross. Cota was activated from the disabled list on Tuesday after missing the first couple weeks of the 2005 campaign with a strained oblique muscle.
Ross should get an occasional start as well, but it appears Cota should log most of the time behind the plate for the time being. In 36 games with Pittsburgh last season, Cota batted .227 with five home runs and eight RBI.
After wrapping up a minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Indianapolis, Cota has been activated from the 15-day disabled list by the Pittsburgh Pirates. The catcher, who missed the first couple weeks of the 2005 campaign with a strained oblique muscle, fills the roster spot of the ailing Benito Santiago.
For the time being, Cota likely will serve as a backup to David Ross, who has played well in the starting role for the Pirates. In 36 games with Pittsburgh last season, Cota batted .227 with five home runs and eight RBI.
Cota's strained left oblique muscle is nearly healed, and he is eligible to be activated from the 15-day disabled list. But before rejoining the Pittsburgh Pirates, the catcher will be sent on a minor league rehab assignment for at least a week. Cota, who has been sidelined since late in spring training, is scheduled to report to Triple-A Indianapolis this weekend.
Cota missed nearly two months with a similar injury last season, so the Pirates are going to bring him along slowly. David Ross continues to serve as Benito Santiago's primary backup in Cota's absence, and it will be interesting to see how the Pirates split up the time behind the plate once Cota is back with the big league club.
Cota's strained left oblique muscle has shown some improvement over the past several days, and barring any setbacks, the Pirates catcher should resume swinging a bat by the weekend. Cota currently is on the 15-day disabled list, but is eligible to be activated as early as Sunday. The Pirates are not going to push him too quickly and risk aggravation of the injury.
David Ross continues to serve as Benito Santiago's primary backup in Cota's absence.