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.

Author: Tim Williams

Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

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