ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Pirates are expected to recall catcher Tony Sanchez this afternoon, adding an extra bat to their bench as they prepare for five games in American League ballparks.
Sanchez, 25, has yet to make his major league debut, though he did join the Pirates as part of their taxi squad roster exemption in May when catcher Russell Martin was dealing with an injury.
The team's first-round draft pick in 2009, Sanchez was hitting .306 with nine home runs for Class AAA Indianapolis.
The Pirates are expected to option right-handed pitcher Brandon Cumpton to make room for Sanchez on the major league roster. In two starts with the Pirates, Cumpton went 0-0 with a 3.60 ERA. His demotion means it is likely Jeanmar Gomez is ready to return from the disabled list and could rejoin the rotation for a start Wednesday against the Seattle Mariners.
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