Tony Sanchez Broke Jaw Over Off-Season

Rob Biertempfel of the Trib is reporting that Pittsburgh Pirates catching prospect Tony Sanchez broke his jaw over the off-season in a bar room fight. Biertempfel reports that the incident happened during the Florida Instructional Leagues.

Sanchez had his jaw broken in 2010 after being hit with a pitch in Bradenton. That required his jaw to be wired shut for three months. This injury wasn’t as serious, as Biertempfel reported that Sanchez appeared to be healthy a few weeks ago in mini-camp.

While the injury isn’t an issue, the questions will now turn to Sanchez’s judgment. Last year he had an incident on Twitter where he criticized a call made by an umpire. The incident earned him a short suspension from the team, and resulted in his Twitter account being shut down. As an isolated incident that just looked like a mistake, one that could easily be made when considering the nature of Twitter. However, this new incident won’t help convince people that the Twitter comments were a one time lapse in judgment.

  • My son and I have known Tony since he was playing Cape Cod baseball. I’ve been really impressed with his poise and maturity and dedication to baseball all the way through. He is a great role model for my son. 
    Whatever happened, we still admire him and know that he will pull through and be the player and man we respect and admire.

  • Sanchez was a dubious pick to begin with who was not developing well now this.

  • Ridiculous that we spent a 1st round pick on this clown.  

  • Some drunk guy that I never seen or talked to in my life and never seen afterwards sucker punched me and knocked me out in a bar one night years ago. 

    Some one who wasn’t there might say that I got knocked out in a bar fight but if you ask me it wasn’t a fight.

    Unless you saw what happened don’t assume Sanchez started the fight or had a chance to walk away from it. It may have been some guy who was jealous of that young guy who got two and a half mil to play baseball.

  • I read somewhere that Sanchez had added about 10 lbs of muscle this off-season, which doesn’t jive with the broken jaw story

  • Yeah, this was definitely covered up for awhile. Hopefully it is just immaturity and not a sign of a major character flaw. Throw him in the bin with Andrew Lambo of guys that are in the dog house. You definitely have to wonder about weight loss and now with a twice broken jaw….he is a catcher and gets hit in the face with foul balls for a living. For years I had “Glass-Dou” to kick around…now I have “Glass-Tone”

  •  I don’t care HOW serious it was, he had to have lost some weight along the way on a liquid diet. I bruised my jaw once, and it was a week before I could eat oatmeal.

    Sorry……….not buying it.

  • Not good news at all.  Unless he learns from it, he’s going to run out of chances with the organization.

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