The Pirates sent Romulo Sanchez to minor league camp today, along with Pedro Lopez, Miguel Perez and Daniel Haigwood. It certainly seems as if the Pirates were unhappy with Romulo, and were attempting to make a statement by optioning him. Said Neal Huntington:
He’s got a lot of delivery work to do, and we felt that it was best that he do that outside of major league camp, with the way he came into spring training. He’s got a great arm and still has a future with us, but he’ll have to work his way back to the majors. He wasn’t in line to make this club.
Romulo is a big guy, officially listed at 260 pounds. I would not be surprised if he arrived at camp a bit out of shape, although I have not seen anything to back that up.