MILWAUKEE -- The Pirates recalled right-handed reliever Bryan Morris and designated left-hander Jonathan Sanchez for assignment, the team announced this afternoon.
Sanchez went 0-3 with an 11.85 ERA in four starts and five appearances for the Pirates. The league suspended Sanchez for six games after throwing at Cardinals first baseman Allen Craig on Friday. He appealed and had a hearing set for Friday.
With this move, the Pirates will not have to shrink their major league roster to 24 players as a result of a player suspension.
Morris had five saves in five appearances with Class AAA Indianapolis, posting a 1.42 ERA. He made one appearance for the Pirates earlier this year, pitching three scoreless inning.
Sanchez, 30, was named the team's No. 4 starter out of spring training, but was merely a stop-gap signing with Francisco Liriano and Charlie Morton recovering from injuries and Gerrit Cole poised to make his major league debut as early as June.
Liriano and Morton are within two weeks of being able to join the active roster.
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