Pirates’ Sanchez Set for Season Debut
The Pirates activated NL batting champion Freddy Sanchez off the 15-day disabled list yesterday, reuniting him with the team in time for the final game of a series against the Reds.
The Pirates also optioned Ryan Doumit to Class AAA Indianapolis, where he will be the everyday catcher.
Sanchez, who hit .344 last season, sprained his right knee while turning a double play in a game on March 6. The second baseman didn’t get back onto the field until the final days of spring training, and wanted to play a few games in the minors to refine his swing.
Sanchez went 1 for 2 with a double and a pair of walks for Class AAA Indianapolis on Thursday night, but cold weather wiped out games scheduled for Friday and yesterday.
Manager Jim Tracy was noncommittal about whether Sanchez would start today against LHP Eric Milton, who also opened the season on the disabled list because of back spasms. However, Sanchez is 9 for 13 in his career against Milton, so it is likely he will start. K SCORING BINGE: The Mets outscored their opponents 31-3 in the first four games. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, since 1900 only one other major league team began a season with four consecutive victories while outscoring the opposition by at least 28 runs: the 1978 Brewers. The last NL team to do that was the New York Gothams in 1884. K SLOW START: Phillies 1B Ryan Howard, who set a Phillies record with 58 homers last year, went 0 for 5 with three strikeouts in yesterday’s 8-5 loss to the Marlins, dropping his average to .158. He is 0 for 10 with runners in scoring position and has no RBI.
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National League batting champion Freddy Sanchez, who hit .344 last season, sprained his right knee on March 6.