The Jonathan Sanchez era is over.
On Tuesday afternoon, the Pirates announced that Sanchez was designated for assignment, and RHP Bryan Morris would take his spot on the 25-man roster.
Here’s how the 30-year-old southpaw fared in five appearances as a Bucco:
Problems with each of his four starts…
April 5th – He wasn’t awful, but only lasted five innings. The Pirates offense wasn’t hitting yet, so three runs was plenty for the Dodgers.
April 10th – Awful outing in Arizona… nine runs, four walks, and two home runs in 3.1 innings.
April 21st – Sanchez was pretty lucky to allow only two runs after surrendering four hits and three walks, but he only lasted three innings.
April 26th – He faced four batters, and they went like this: home run, home run, single, hit by pitch.
Here’s the HBP that led to his ejection:
MLB ruled a six-game suspension after he was tossed from Friday’s game, although Sanchez appealed it. He made his fifth and final appearance in a Pirate uniform out of the bullpen on Monday night, giving up two home runs in the 10-4 defeat.
It was puzzling as to why the Sanchez experiment ever started. After all, the Bucs will now have to eat his entire $1.375 salary. The good news though is that Sanchez won’t be taking the mound every fifth day, and Francisco Liriano, Charlie Morton, and others are on the way.
Jose Contreras has been on a rehab stint in the minor leagues, and it sounded like he’d be available as soon as today (Tuesday). Therefore, it seemed like he’d join the bullpen with the departure of Jonathan Sanchez; instead, Bryan Morris will assume the role.
Morris, 26, hasn’t had the opportunity to shine in the big leagues, though he should be given the chance. He’s enjoyed a solid minor league career, and has dominated the Triple-A level in the past two seasons. Morris appeared in once this season for the Pirates (April 15th vs. STL) – his final line from that game: 3.0 IP, 0 runs, 0 hits, 3 BB, 1 K.
On a side note – Francisco Liriano had another encouraging outing today in his rehab stint with Indianapolis. He went six innings, allowed one run on four hits, struck out nine, walked none, and picked up the W. Liriano may get another start or two in AAA to tune up, but hopefully he’ll be in Pittsburgh soon.