The Pittsburgh Pirates have released pitcher Jonathan Sanchez after he cleared waivers. In four starts and one relief appearance for Pittsburgh this season, he went 0-3, 11.85, giving up 25 hits and eight walks in just 13.2 innings. The Pirates designated him for assignment on April 30th.
The Pirates will be responsible for the remainder of his $1.375M contract if no other team signs him this season. If he does get signed, he will first have to serve his six game suspension that was handed down after he hit Allen Craig of the Cardinals in his last start....
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