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Injured Pirates catcher Snyder will not return this season

Pirates catcher Chris Snyder, who is on the 60-day disabled list after undergoing his second back surgery in two years in June, said today he will not return this season.

"The calendar got the best of us," Snyder said. "It's tough for me to get back and push it and, possibly, be ready for the last handful of games. And that would put pressure on Neal (General Manager Neal Huntington) to make a roster move that late in the season.

"The best-case scenario for both sides is this is it."

Snyder, who hit .271 with three home runs and 17 RBI in 34 games this season, said he has started to swing and throw.

"If anything, that gives me peace of mind knowing I am that far advanced in my rehab," he said.

Still, he said he has a long way to go.

"There is no sense in rushing anything," he said. "There is still a lot I need to do. I haven't run, I haven't squated, caught bullpen. I just started throwing."

Snyder, 30, said he plans to leave Wednesday for his hometown of Houston to spend time with familiy before resuming rehab Feb. 12 in Phoenix.

He said he is optimistic about reporting to spring training in February after a full recovery.

"I know I got stronger after the first (surgery, Sept. 2009) so I know what to expect after this one. I have a whole off-season to get ready."

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