McDonald prepared to step behind plate

McDonald prepared to step behind plate

McDonald prepared to step behind plate
PITTSBURGH -- Given that Ryan Roberts is no longer with the team, D-backs manager Kirk Gibson was asked who the team's new emergency catcher is.

John McDonald was Gibson's answer, but he cautioned the media not to let McDonald know that.

Turns out the versatile infielder is well aware of his role. In fact, McDonald, who was the emergency catcher for the Blue Jays during his time in Toronto, has his own catching gear.

"I would love to get behind the plate some day," McDonald said.

To make sure he is prepared in case he's needed, McDonald has caught a couple of bullpen sessions, and with the Blue Jays, he once caught every member of the rotation while they threw bullpen sessions over a two-week stretch.

The closest McDonald has actually come to seeing game action was catching live batting practice during Spring Training with the Blue Jays.

"It's an extreme last resort," McDonald said of a team using their emergency catcher. "So it will be a very unusual circumstance to get me behind the plate."

So he's not going to lobby Gibson for an inning back there at some point?

"No," he said. "But if that opportunity ever comes about, I'll be really excited to throw that gear on and try to do my best."