MIAMI -- Tony Sanchez joined the Pirates' active roster Sunday, but he didn't replace the logical candidate.
The Pirates recalled Sanchez, a catcher, from Class AAA Indianapolis and put right fielder Travis Snider on the 15-day disabled list because of pain in his left big toe.
Snider started Saturday night against the Miami Marlins and went 0 for 3. Jose Tabata pinch-hit for him in the seventh. Snider had appeared in every game since the All-Star break until Sunday.
Manager Clint Hurdle said Snider originally injured his toe about a month ago.
"We've tried to work through to eliminate the pain, the discomfort," Hurdle said. "He's really battled the last two weeks. It's gotten to a point where it's best to get him down, get him off of it, let the doctors get their hands around it again."
Since the beginning of July, Snider hit .156 with a .182 on-base percentage and one extra-base hit in 33 plate appearances.
An injury to Michael McKenry Saturday caused the Pirates to bring Sanchez to Miami on the taxi squad. After McKenry's fourth hit of the game, he slid awkwardly into second trying to break up a double play and hurt his left knee.
"I slid late," McKenry said. "When my knee hit the ground I felt it grab and then when it hit the base, I felt like it got stuck."
McKenry did not leave the game, but said Sunday morning the knee was still stiff. He did not know whether or not he would go on the disabled list.
Russell Martin also tweaked his left knee in a play at the plate Friday night. Martin started Sunday and stole a base.
"He's not back 100 percent," Hurdle said. "That might not happen for awhile, but he's good to go."
Sanchez caught 10 innings for Indianapolis Saturday night. Indians manager Dean Treanor pulled him out of the shower at 11:40 p.m. to let him know he was headed back to the majors.
"I had family in town that I had to eat dinner with in Indy," Sanchez said. "I packed my bag, my baseball stuff, went to dinner around 12:30. Got to the apartment, packed, ready for bed around 2:30. Got the 4:30 alarm clock set. Made it to the airport for my 6:30 flight."
Sanchez was born in Miami and went to Killian High School, about 16 miles southwest of Marlins Park. He has hit .288 with 10 home runs for Indianapolis this season. He homered in the Class AAA All-Star game, earning the International League top star.
Despite hitting .278 in his past 10 games, Sanchez said he felt better at the plate earlier this season.
"I started to hit a little bit of a slow spell there," Sanchez said. "I moved down in weights with my bats. Body starts getting tired, it's inevitable. The past few games, I felt really good. Hopefully I'm starting to come back to where I was."
Pain subsides for Rodriguez
Wandy Rodriguez said he felt pain in his forearm after throwing Saturday, but he felt better Sunday. He plans to throw again today.
Rodriguez said he no longer feels pain when he straightens his arm. He has been on the 15-day disabled list since early June because of tightness in his left forearm.
Bill Brink: firstname.lastname@example.org and on Twitter @BrinkPG. First Published July 29, 2013 4:00 AM