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Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Pirates Call Up Michael Martinez, Casey Sadler Sent to Indianapolis

The Pittsburgh Pirates have selected the contract of infielder Michael Martinez today and sent pitcher Casey Sadler to Indianapolis. Martinez has hit .229/.279/.317 in 61 games this season, struggling against left-handed pitchers. He can play multiple positions and has played in the Majors in each of the last three seasons. Martinez was added to the 40-man roster.

Josh Harrison was hobbled last night by an ankle injury and while he isn’t in today’s starting lineup, he will be available for pinch-hit duties if needed. Martinez adds versatility as someone that can play six positions on the field, though he has very little value with the bat.

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IC Bob

Moves like this explain why NH did not fill the 40 man roster. Now he doesn’t have to remove anyone. When he send s martinez down my guess is he will also be sent through waivers.

dr dng

Considering he is only here until Sunday, does he have any options left?

Do they still have room to add Worley to the 40 man roster?

LongJohnSilver

Last I checked they had 2 open slots, so unless I missed something, they should still have one open.

Andy Prough

We still had the open slots from Tailion and Wandy?

CalipariFan506

Phil Irwin and Vin Mazzaro too.

piraterican21

With the way Ike and Pedro have struggle, Walker might make sense batting clean up once again, which beg the question, why does anyone pitches to Cutch?

rburgh

Because he isn’t yet Barry Bonds. Thank God!

Andy Prough

Intriguing lineup tonight: Polanco, Marte, McCutchen batting 1,2,3… First of many times?

SteveW

Hopefully not very many times. Walker will return to the #2 spot when healthy – which hopefully will be in about 11 days.

bucsws2014

If Ike doesn’t turn things around I think there will be serious consideration to putting Walker at cleanup and batting Pedro 5th.

Andy Prough

Single, single, triple leading off the 5th looked fairly nice. I could get used to it.

lonleylibertarian

Might be an upgrade at 1st Base 😉

bucsws2014

That should be incentive enough for Josh to get well really soon. With luck we never have to see Martinez in the lineup.

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