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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