Pirates Option Tony Sanchez to Altoona

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Tony Sanchez has been optioned to Altoona. (Photo Credit: David Hague)

The Pittsburgh Pirates have optioned catcher Tony Sanchez to Altoona to make room for Marlon Byrd and John Buck on the 25-man roster, per Michael Sanserino. They still need to option one more player. Normally the Pirates would need to wait ten days until they could recall Sanchez from optional assignment. However, by optioning him to Altoona, they can recall him on Tuesday when the Double-A season is over.

There is still one more move that needs to be made. I’ll update this when that is announced.

  • That is a mistake. Should have been Lambo

  • Are all September callups elgible for postseason roster? Or do they have to be on active roster by September 1?

    • September call-ups are not eligible for the post season roster. Postseason eligibility requires that a player be on the 25 man active roster prior to September 1st. That includes players on the disabled list. So in theory, the Pirates will have 27 players eligible for the post season (that includes Grilli and Snider).
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      Sanchez being optioned means that he will not be a part of the post season roster unless called up due to an injury.

      • Sorry, 28, James McDonald will also be eligible assuming he is able to return.
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        Personally, I’m only excited about Grilli returning.

      • Its actually 30. I don’t know what you saw the Pirates did yesterday. But from my understanding is they added Kyle McPherson to the major league roster and then put him on the 60 day DL. The advantage of that is now the Pirates have the option to replace him with anybody in the organization in the playoffs regardless of the September 1st rule. Also should be noted in this move McPherson will be paid a big league salary. So he basically got a raise for being out the whole year, just so the Pirates could add another player come playoff time. And people say the buccos are cheap, pshhh.

      • Jeremy, there’s a wrinkle in the rule, but it only applies if one the guys on the DL as of August 31 ends the season on the DL – then his postseason roster spot can be taken by anyone in the organization. For example, the Bucs could decide to add McKenry to the playoff roster purely for the purpose of replacing him with a player that was not with the club as of midnight August 31 – could be literally anyone, doesn’t even have to be someone from the Bucs’ 40-man roster (although a corresponding move would have to be made, I think). An extra lefty out of the pen, a pinch runner, a guy who mashes lefties or righties. This is how K-Rod got on the Angel postseason roster in 2002 – he wasn’t called up until September 15 but was on the club for all 3 playoff rounds.

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