The Pittsburgh Pirates have placed catcher Michael McKenry on the 15-day disabled list, and have recalled Alex Presley. McKenry was placed on the DL with a left knee sprain, retroactive July 28th. It was expected that he would go on the DL yesterday when Tony Sanchez came up, but instead Travis Snider went on the DL.
In the grand scheme of things, the Pirates swapped out McKenry and Snider for Sanchez and Presley. That might provide a short-term upgrade to the bench if Sanchez and Presley can carry their Triple-A hitting over to the majors. Sanchez looked good in limited appearances in the majors last month. He’s struggled at the plate recently in Triple-A, but his last few games have looked good. Presley has also looked good in just 42 at-bats in the majors this year. In his career in the majors he has a .727 OPS, which would be an upgrade over what Snider was providing this year.