Pirates backup catcher Michael McKenry will miss the rest of the season after undergoing surgery Tuesday to repair a torn lateral meniscus in his left knee, the team announced this afternoon.
McKenry sustained the injury Saturday and was placed on the 15-day disabled list Monday. The Pirates hope he will be able to return by the start of 2014 spring training.
Tony Sanchez, the former fourth overall draft pick, will be the Pirates' permanent replacement behind starter Russell Martin. In limited action, Sanchez is hitting .288 with a .368 on-base percentage this year. McKenry was hitting .217 with a .262 on-base percentage.
General manager Neal Huntington said the Pirates explored acquiring a catcher prior to today's trade deadline but feel comfortable with Sanchez behind the plate.
Dr. Neal ElAttrache performed the surgery in Los Angeles after concurring with team doctors' original diagnosis. McKenry will be unable to bear weight on his left knee for six weeks.
First Published July 31, 2013 10:00 PM