Pirates add pitcher for today's doubleheader, bring in catcher in case Sanchez can't play

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NEW YORK -- The Pirates this morning added Class AAA Indianapolis right-hander Brandon Cumpton to the roster as the 26th man for today’s doubleheader against the Yankees.

Cumpton started for Class AAA Indianapolis Tuesday and allowed two runs in six innings. He has a 1.41 ERA for Indianapolis in 32 innings. He made two starts for the Pirates earlier this season and allowed six runs in 122/3 innings combined.

The Pirates are also bringing Class AAA catcher Nevin Ashley to New York to guard against being caught short-handed at catcher in a doubleheader, manager Clint Hurdle said. Tony Sanchez banged his right elbow while diving to avoid a tag at second base Saturday afternoon and had an ice pack on it after the game, but he is in today’s lineup for the first game.

“I think he’s fine,” Hurdle said. “He activated earlier, he’s going out to swing and throw, but I feel he’s in a really good place. We were thinking of possibly bringing Nevin here for some protection in case Tony didn’t activate very well or was really banged up late more than we anticipated.”

Ashley, a non-roster invitee to spring training, is not here yet. He is also not on the 40-man roster, meaning if the Pirates do activate him, they will have to designate someone for assignment or (less likely) move someone to the 60-day disabled list. He will be with the team for a day under the taxi squad rules without the Pirates having to add him to the roster.

Bill Brink: bbrink@post-gazette.com.

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