• by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

    Pirates activate Chris Stewart, send down Tony Sanchez

    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.

  • by Brandon Wise | Staff Writer

    Pirates' Tony Sanchez getting more comfortable in second start

    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.

  • by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com

    Rodrigues, Kang, Sanchez and Hart to start season with Pirates

    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."

  • by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com

    Pirates C Tony Sanchez could break camp on 25-man roster

    Chris Stewart's pain could once again be Tony Sanchez's benefit. With Stewart's hamstring injury keeping him out for at least two more weeks, Sanchez will likely make the Pirates' Opening Day Roster. Also helping Sanchez is the fact he's had a teriffic spring, batting .526 with a 1.518 OPS. "It's way too early to tell if a DL assignment will be required [for Stewart]," Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said. "The nice part is, Sanchez has had a great camp on all sides of the game, and if Chris is not ready, we feel strongly about having somebody who can step in." A year ago, Stewart had a knee injury that allowed Sanchez to break camp on the 25-man roster as one of the Pirates' catchers. But Stewart did have minor knee surgery and returned in only one month. Even so, the Pirates could once again be relying on Sanchez on the roster in April. "Our focus is on continuing to help Sanchez be ready, if needed," Huntington summed up. "And if [Stewart] is ready to go, we'll have a lot of catching depth."

  • by Michael Hurcomb | Fantasy Writer

    Pirates' Stewart could be out two more weeks due to injury

    Pirates catcher Chris Stewart is expected to miss two weeks with a sore hamstring, which could put his status for Opening Day in jeopardy, per the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. If Stewart begins the season on the disabled list, catcher Tony Sanchez would likely take his spot on the roster. When healthy, Stewart -- who has been sidelined since March 9 -- is expected to split catcher duties with Francisco Cervelli. Stewart is just 1 for 5 (.200) in three spring games.

  • by Brandon Wise | Staff Writer

    Pirates manager Clint Hurdle may carry three catchers this season

    Pirates manager Clint Hurdle may be trying to shake things up a bit. While catchers Francisco Cervelli and Chris Stewart appear to be locks to make the team, Hurdle is considering carrying a third catcher for Opening Day, reports MLB.com. "We've got a long way to go. We've got two weeks of baseball to go. I would think it would be an interesting concept for us to carry three catchers," Hurdle said Tuesday. "That would be very interesting. I won't say it's on the top of my list. I won't say it's on the bottom of my list." If he decides to go that route, Tony Sanchez and Elias Diaz would be the next options for Pittsburgh. Hurdle likes what he's seen from Sanchez so far in camp. "You've got to love the things Tony's brought to camp this spring," Hurdle said. "You've got to love the way he's receiving the ball, blocking the ball, throwing the ball and swinging the bat."

  • by Michael Hurcomb | Fantasy Writer

    Tony Sanchez could be right-handed bat off bench for Pirates

    Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said Tony Sanchez could serve as a right-handed bat off the bench in 2015, per the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "My job is to give Clint [Hurdle] a versatile bench," Huntington said. "We'd like to do that. We've not done that as well as we could have in the past."

  • by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

    Pirates announce several roster moves Monday

    The Pirates have promoted catcher Tony Sanchez from Triple-A Indianapolis on Monday. Additionally, the team reinstated right-hander Stolmy Pimentel from the disabled list. The team also selected contract of right-hander John Holdzkom and optioned him to Triple-A. Chris McGuiness was designated for assignment to open a spot on 40-man roster.

  • by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

    Tony Sanchez dispatched to minors

    The Pirates have optioned catcher Tony Sanchez to Triple-A Indianapolis to make room for closer Jason Grilli. Sanchez has performed well at the plate. He had eight hits in his last 24 at-bats before his demotion.

  • by Michael Hurcomb | Fantasy Writer

    Tony Sanchez expected to be demoted to Triple-A

    Pirates catcher Tony Sanchez is expected to be demoted to Triple-A Indianapolis Saturday when closer Jason Grilli returns from the disabled list, per the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.