BRADENTON, Fla. - Outfielder Brandon Moss is expected to be ready for the Pirates' season opener, the team said after he was examined this morning in Pittsburgh.
The right thumb he injured Saturday has a significant bruise and a mild sprain, according to X-rays and an MRI taken at Allegheny General Hospital, as well as an examination from Dr. Mark Baratz, the Pirates' hand specialist.
He will return to Bradenton immediately and will be able to resume baseball activities once the swelling subsides and the strength in his grip returns.
The opener is April 6 in St. Louis.
The team this morning optioned reliever Romulo Sanchez and assigned three others to minor league camp: infielder Pedro Lopez, catcher Miguel Perez and pitcher Daniel Haigwood.
Sanchez, 24, had a 4.05 ERA in 10 appearances with the Pirates last season and a 5.40 ERA in two appearances this spring. He will go to Class AAA Indianapolis.
The camp roster now is at 53, with 26 pitchers, five catchers, 13 infielders and nine outfielders.
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