Pirates Place Travis Snider on the DL; Recall Tony Sanchez

Travis Snider has been placed on the DL. (Photo Credit: David Hague)

Travis Snider has been placed on the DL. (Photo Credit: David Hague)

The Pittsburgh Pirates have placed Travis Snider on the 15-day disabled list due to discomfort in his left big toe. Tony Sanchez has been recalled to take Snider’s spot.

The expectation was that Sanchez could have replaced McKenry or Martin, who both experienced left knee injuries this weekend. The announcement of Snider is a surprise. It gives the Pirates an extra catcher for the next few games with Martin and McKenry banged up. If either of those guys are healthy enough to play (and Martin is playing today), then it allows the Pirates to use Sanchez as a bat off the bench.

Snider was seen walking around in the clubhouse prior to the game, so I’m assuming he’s cleared to resume big toe activities. We don’t know how long he will be out. Previous toe-related injuries have put players out for over two months. And by “previous toe-related injuries”, I mean Oliver Perez. But Perez kicked a laundry cart out of frustration. We don’t know how Snider suffered his injury, but the fact that it’s described as discomfort means it might have just been incidental contact with a random object. I hope you’re picking up on some sarcasm here.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/lee.young.161 Lee Young

    Sorry I missed you on Pirates’ pre-game.

    Let a guy know next time!

    :)

  • Bucco_Joe

    First solid contact for Snider in a long time. Too bad it was using the foot instead of the bat.

  • CalipariFan506

    This sounds like a convenient injury as we approach the deadline.

  • https://profiles.google.com/112813865702770837622 Jesse Cleaver

    I’m with Calipari on this. Sounds like a good way to keep Snider around even after they make a trade for a right fielder. I’m thinking Schierholtz is heading our way and T. Sanchez will be sent back down. I think he is the best option. Seems to hustle and play decent defense. Doubt there is any ego to deal with. Then in 15 days you deal with the Tabata vs. Snider debate.

  • wyatt50

    The Pirates need to trade for Seattle’s 1B Kendrys Morales and RF Michael Morse. Morales is a switch hitter who has solid average and big power from the left side of the plate. He hits for a high average and less power from the right side of the plate. Perfect fit for PNC Park. Morse crushes left handed pitching and can platoon in right field with Garrett Jones, who beats up on right handers. Right field defense would suffer a little but the offense would pick up significantly with these moves. The Snider can just go away.

  • Monkshot

    I hope Sanchez gets the opportunity to play on both sides of the ball, and forces managements hand on the back up. I really doubt that happens, but stranger things have happened.

  • CalipariFan506

    If you want to point a finger at anybody this season it has to be Snider. He has ruined the RF/1B platoon. His ineffectiveness has led to playing Gaby too much against righties.

    I’m all for just waiting it out until Polanco is ready though. No need to try to make up for something by giving too much up.

    • buster09

      Take a look at Polanco’s numbers and tell me you don’t think the Pirates would be better with him leading off…right now.

  • smurph

    Polanco is just not ready. He has good, not great numbers at AA. That does not translate to being a solid hitter in the majors for a 20-yr-old kid.
    I agree that Snider has been a huge disappointment. Since he is on the DL, I don’t think they can include him as part of a trade. Too bad. I thought this was a good move when they got him, But it looks like he will never be a major league hitter. I think Schierholtz would be a very good addition to this team.