The Pittsburgh Pirates didn’t end up needing Tony Sanchez. The catcher was brought up on the taxi squad yesterday, which gave the Pirates until 10:10 AM this morning to make a decision on him. Sanchez was added mostly as an option in case the Pirates had to play a double header today. Russell Martin wouldn’t have been able to go, and Michael McKenry wouldn’t have been able to catch both games in that situation.
Technically, Sanchez was never added to the major league roster. He was just with the team working out, and cheering on from the clubhouse in yesterday’s 11-2 win.
Michael McKenry is starting today’s game.