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Pirates sign Kelly Shoppach to a Minor League deal

08/13/2013 12:08 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro

The Pirates will be Kelly Shoppach's third organization in 2013.(AP)
The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed veteran catcher Kelly Shoppach to a Minor League deal, and he will report to Triple-A Indianapolis on Tuesday.

Shoppach, 33, began the season with Seattle, hitting .196 in 35 games before being released in mid-June. He signed a Minor League deal with the Nationals on July 3, but opted out on July 31 after hitting .219 in 10 games at Triple-A Syracuse.

Pittsburgh has been searching for catching depth since backup Mike McKenry was lost with a season-ending knee injury in late-July and former No. 4 overall pick Tony Sanchez was recalled from Indianapolis to replace him.

Shoppach is a career .224 hitter over nine Major League seasons with five teams.

In addition to Shoppach’s signing, the Pirates also announced that they intend to call up outfielder Andrew Lambo, who has hit a combined .284 with 31 home runs and 97 RBI in 117 games between Double-A Altoona and Triple-A Indianapolis this season, on Tuesday.

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