The Pittsburgh Pirates suffered a blow after finding out that backup catcher Michael McKenry will be out for the rest of the season after undergoing surgery to repair a torn lateral meniscus in his left knee. However, the good news is the Pirates believe they can overcome the loss and stay atop of the National League Central standings.
McKenry was batting .217 with three home runs, 14 RBI and six doubles in 115 at-bats this season. He has had his fair share of hot streaks that have given Pittsburgh a much needed boost of energy at times. There is no question his presence behind the plate will be missed as the Pirates make a run at a postseason berth.
Pittsburgh is confident that rookie catcher Tony Sanchez, who has only appeared in three games this season, will be able to do an excellent job backing up Russell Martin.
“We’re very comfortable with Tony Sanchez up here. We did look to see if there was a guy that would provide us with some emergency insurance,” Pirates general manager Neil Huntington said, according to Pirates.com. “We’ll continue to explore that market; there’s some guys in Triple-A that have some Major League ability, so we’ll continue to look for some small trade. You can make deals for players who are not on Major League rosters. So we’ll continue to look for external options to upgrade our depth, for sure.”
Obviously, if the organization finds a suitable replacement that can handle the catcher position better than Sanchez can they will jump on it. There is no messing around with a division title on the line.