Sanchez was unconditionally released by the Pirates on Wednesday, the Pittsburgh Tribune's Rob Biertempfel reports. He was designated for assignment last week, and will likely seek a minor league deal with an invite to spring training with another club. Sanchez doesn't offer much in terms of offense, so he can be largely ignored in most fantasy formats.
Sanchez was designated for assignment on Wednesday. Sanchez was the fourth overall pick in the 2009 draft, but things just haven't worked out for him at the big league level. Francisco Cervelli and Chris Stewart were firmly ahead of him on the organizational depth chart, and the Pirates presumably prefer Elias Diaz to Sanchez as well. The career .259/.303/.378 hitter could catch on as a depth piece with another organization, but he will likely spend most of 2016 at Triple-A.
The Pirates recalled catcher Chris Stewart from his rehab assignment and reinstated him from the 15-day disabled list prior to Friday's game against Milwaukee, per the team's official website. Tony Sanchez was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis to clear roster space for Stewart's arrival. Stewart injured his hamstring on March 9, which caused him to start the year on the DL. He batted .333 (6 for 18) with two RBI in five total rehab games between Double-A Altoona and Triple-A Indianapolis.
Pirates catcher Tony Sanchez went 3 for 4 in Sunday's 10-2 win over the Brewers. Sanchez, who went 0 for 3 with three strikeouts in his first start, felt a lot stronger Sunday, reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "I felt good, a lot better than Cincinnati," Sanchez said. "Got the first-game jitters out of the way and got back to what I was doing in spring training. That's staying in the big part of the field and hunting fastballs in the spot that I'm looking for." Manager Clint Hurdle wants Sanchez to stay calm at the plate. "He needs to stay within himself," Hurdle said. "I think his adrenaline outplayed him a little bit the last start. Today he calmed things down in the batter's box. He's done a really solid job behind the plate, both games." Sanchez is now hitting .375 in eight at-bats this season.
Pirates manager Clint Hurdle revealed four players that will open the 2015 season on the 25-man roster. Those, via the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, are Sean Rodriguez, Jung Ho Kang, Tony Sanchez and Corey Hart. "Sean Rodriguez is on the club," Hurdle said. "[Jung Ho] Kang is on the club. Tony Sanchez is on the club, based on the situation that has kind of happened with Chris Stewart. ... Corey Hart is on the club. We have the one open set."