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.

  • 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.

  • 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?

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

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

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

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

  • lonleylibertarian
    June 12, 2014 6:53 pm

    Might be an upgrade at 1st Base 😉

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