Jonathan Sanchez will open the year as the fourth starter.

Today was the deadline for the Pittsburgh Pirates to make a decision on left-handed pitcher Jonathan Sanchez. Early this morning Sanchez and his agent met in Clint Hurdle's office with Hurdle and Neal Huntington. The Pirates decided to add Sanchez to the roster, giving him the fourth spot in the rotation.

"We've had some very good competition this Spring. All four guys have thrown the ball well at times, some better than others," Neal Huntington said of the guys who were competing for a rotation spot. "And all four guys have had their struggles, some worse than others. Jonathan's last two starts have been very encouraging. The off-speed pitches have been very effective. The fastball command has been enough."

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