MIAMI -- Tony Sanchez did indeed join the Pirates' active roster today, but he didn't replace the logical candidate.
The Pirates recalled Sanchez, a catcher, from Class AAA Indianapolis and put Travis Snider on the 15-day disabled list because of pain in his left big toe.
Snider started Saturday night's game against the Miami Marlins and went 0 for 3. Jose Tabata eventually replaced him. Snider had appeared in every game since the All-Star break.
Sanchez joined the Pirates Sunday morning on the taxi squad after Michael McKenry hurt his left knee sliding into a base Saturday night.
"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 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 during Friday's game.
"He's not back 100 percent," manager Clint Hurdle said. "That might not happen for a while, 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.
"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 said his immediate family knew he joined the team in his hometown, but he didn't want to "send everyone into a frenzy" when he wasn't sure of the team's immediate plans for him.
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