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Pirates Call Up Michael Martinez, Casey Sadler Sent to Indianapolis

The Pittsburgh Pirates have selected the contract of infielder Michael Martinez today and sent pitcher Casey Sadler to Indianapolis. Martinez has hit .229/.279/.317 in 61 games this season, struggling against left-handed pitchers. He can play multiple positions and has played in the Majors in each of the last three seasons. Martinez was added to the 40-man roster.

Josh Harrison was hobbled last night by an ankle injury and while he isn’t in today’s starting lineup, he will be available for pinch-hit duties if needed. Martinez adds versatility as someone that can play six positions on the field, though he has very little value with the bat.

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  • bucsws2014

    That should be incentive enough for Josh to get well really soon. With luck we never have to see Martinez in the lineup.

  • lonleylibertarian

    Might be an upgrade at 1st Base ;-)

  • http://www.facebook.com/andy.prough.3 Andy Prough

    Intriguing lineup tonight: Polanco, Marte, McCutchen batting 1,2,3… First of many times?

    • SteveW

      Hopefully not very many times. Walker will return to the #2 spot when healthy – which hopefully will be in about 11 days.

      • http://www.facebook.com/andy.prough.3 Andy Prough

        Single, single, triple leading off the 5th looked fairly nice. I could get used to it.

      • bucsws2014

        If Ike doesn’t turn things around I think there will be serious consideration to putting Walker at cleanup and batting Pedro 5th.

  • dr dng

    Considering he is only here until Sunday, does he have any options left?

    Do they still have room to add Worley to the 40 man roster?

    • http://www.acme-tv.com LongJohnSilver

      Last I checked they had 2 open slots, so unless I missed something, they should still have one open.

      • http://www.facebook.com/andy.prough.3 Andy Prough

        We still had the open slots from Tailion and Wandy?

        • CalipariFan506

          Phil Irwin and Vin Mazzaro too.

          • piraterican21

            With the way Ike and Pedro have struggle, Walker might make sense batting clean up once again, which beg the question, why does anyone pitches to Cutch?

            • rburgh

              Because he isn’t yet Barry Bonds. Thank God!

  • IC Bob

    Moves like this explain why NH did not fill the 40 man roster. Now he doesn’t have to remove anyone. When he send s martinez down my guess is he will also be sent through waivers.

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