Michael McKenry Pirates
Michael McKenry will be out the rest of 2013. (Photo by: David Hague)

Pirates catcher Michael McKenry is out for the season with a torn lateral meniscus in his left knee.

McKenry underwent surgery in Los Angeles on Tuesday to repair his meniscus, the Pirates announced Wednesday. The 28-year-old will not be able to put any weight on his left leg for six weeks. Dr. Neal S. ElAttrache and the Pirates doctors decided surgery was the best option for the fourth-year catcher.

He will look to return for Spring Training 2014, the team said. McKenry was placed on the 15-day disabled list Monday but should now be expected to go on the 60-day DL to open up a spot on the 40-man roster. The Pirates have his rights through the 2017 season.

Catcher Tony Sanchez made his Major League debut at the position Tuesday and is expected to be Russell Martin’s backup the rest of the season.

“We are very comfortable with Tony Sanchez up here as a Major League-caliber catcher,” Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said.

The GM said he will explore the trade market for a Triple-A catcher that could provide “emergency depth” at the catcher position.

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10 COMMENTS

  1. Nothing but admiration and respect for the Fort, who gutted out the rest of that game knowing Martin had a sore knee. Ultimate Team Player

      • It leaves them in a world of hurt. Both of the catchers at AAA are organizational guys. And Carlos Paulino is not ML ready. They would likely try to make a move like they did with Fort 2 years ago.

  2. So on the road trip we lost Grilli and McKenry for substantial amount of time and lost Snider probably until September. Only good out of that is what Presley, Harrison, and Tony Sanchez have done this last week to make up for the losses

  3. Well isn’t this convenient? Takes away the need for a decision on what to do with the 3 catchers for the remainder of the season. Who goes on the 40-man? I believe they actually have two spots available now, though Wandy would take one if he returns. Maybe Lambo gets a shot now since they didn’t make a trade.

      • disagree on Lambo vs Hague comparison…..Hague ws never a highly regarded prospect, although he advanced through the system as an overachiever.

        I think Lambo has just finally matured and is ready to fulfill his potential. I just hope they give him a shot now in RF, now that they did not trade for one. I would platoon him with Tabata and see how it goes. If Tabata does not start producing, replace him with Presley.

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