by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com (5/15/2013) The Dodgers officially signed pitcher Jonathan Sanchez to a minor-league contract on Wednesday and assigned him to Triple-A Albuquerque. The left-hander can opt out of his deal on July 1 if he is not on the major-league roster.
Dodgers set to sign Pirates castoff Jonathan Sanchez
by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com (5/14/2013) The Dodgers and pitcher Jonathan Sanchez are "zeroing in" on a minor-league contract, ESPN.com reports. The report added the left-hander may need a few starts in the minors before being called up.
Sanchez went 0-3 with an 11.85 ERA in five appearances (four starts) before being released by the Pirates.
Pirates release pitcher Jonathan Sanchez
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (5/8/2013) Pitcher Jonathan Sanchez, who was designated April 30, cleared waivers and was released by the Pirates Wednesday, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Sanchez was 0-3 with an 11.85 ERA before he was taken off the 40-man roster last week.
Pirates designate Jonathan Sanchez for assignment
by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com (4/30/2013) The Pirates have designated pitcher Jonathan Sanchez for assignment, the club announced Tuesday.
Sanchez served up seven home runs and an 11.85 ERA in 13 innings for Pittsburgh. Unless another team claims him -- unlikely, at this point -- the Pirates are on the hook for the remainder of his $1.375 million deal.
Pitcher Bryan Morris was called up from Triple-A Indianapolis to take his spot.
Jonathan Sanchez moved to bullpen
by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com (4/29/2013) Pirates pitcher Jonathan Sanchez will be replaced in the rotation by Jeanmar Gomez for Wednesday's start against the Brewers, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
The left-hander will have an appeal hearing for his six-game suspension on Friday and pitch out of the bullpen in the meantime.
Sanchez is 0-3 with a 12.71 ERA through four starts.
Jonathan Sanchez might be skipped Wednesday
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (4/28/2013) Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said Sunday he's still mulling his starting-pitcher options for Wednesday's game at Milwaukee, which is Jonathan Sanchez's turn in the rotation. Sanchez is appealing a six-game suspension for hitting the Cardinals' Allen Craig with a pitch Friday, but he might be skipped regardless because of his poor performance (0-3, 12.71 ERA), according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Hurdle said Francisco Liriano, who is rehabbing an arm injury in the minors, is not an option to start Wednesday. Hurdle said no final decision has been made, but Jeanmar Gomez might be an option to make a spot start.
Jonathan Sanchez banned six games
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (4/27/2013) Pirates pitcher Jonathan Sanchez was suspended six games and fined an undisclosed amount for hitting the Cardinals' Allen Craig with a pitch Friday. He is appealing the suspension, which would cost him a turn in the rotation.
Sanchez allowed back-to-back homers and a single to open Friday's game before plunking Craig in the helmet near his ear and earning an ejection. He had thrown just 17 pitches before the early departure.
MLB mulling suspension for Jonathan Sanchez
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (4/27/2013) Though he insisted he did not intentionally throw at the Cardinals' Allen Craig, Pirates pitcher Jonathan Sanchez could be hit with a suspension by Major League Baseball, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. Sanchez was ejected during the first inning of Friday's game after hitting Craig in the helmet with a pitch.
"In these cases, there's a protocol that's followed," manager Clint Hurdle, who was also tossed, said Saturday. "That's one of the topics that's discussed."
Jonathan Sanchez still in rotation, for now
by Adam Moore | CBSSports.com (4/27/2013) Despite allowing three runs without recording an out during his latest outing Friday night against the Cardinals, starting pitcher Jonathan Sanchez's place in the starting rotation appears to be safe.
Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said the left-hander would throw a bullpen session Saturday after tossing just 17 pitches in his brief outing Friday night.
"Too soon," Hurdle told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review when asked if Sanchez would remain in the rotation moving forward.
Sanchez was ejected in the first inning of the 9-1 loss to St. Louis after hitting Allen Craig in the helmet following back-to-back home runs by Matt Carpenter and Carlos Beltran.
Sanchez, who saw his ERA balloon up to 12.71 following his latest outing, is slated to make his next start Wednesday at Milwaukee.
Jonathan Sanchez gets the boot
by Adam Moore | CBSSports.com (4/26/2013) Pirates starting pitcher Jonathan Sanchez was ejected from his start Friday night at St. Louis after hitting Allen Craig in the helmet during the first inning.
Sanchez allowed the first three batters he faced to reach base, including Matt Carpenter and Carlos Beltran, who took the left-hander deep for solo home runs. Matt Holliday followed with a single, which brought Craig to the plate.
Sanchez hit Craig on the head with his first offering of the at-bat, resulting in an immediate ejection from Tim Timmons.
He allowed two runs on three hits without recording an out during his brief outing, increasing his ERA to 12.71 in the process.
The last time a Pirates starting pitcher has failed to record an out in game was Ryan Vogelsong versus the Reds on Sept. 24, 2004, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Jonathan Sanchez remaining in rotation
by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com (4/22/2013) Pirates manager Clint Hurdle told MLB.com on Monday that Jonathan Sanchez will remain in the rotation despite his early struggles.
Sanchez has gone 0-2 with an 11.12 ERA through three starts and lasted just three innings in his previous outing. His next start is scheduled for Friday against the Cardinals.
"So [Sanchez] will have another opportunity to get some side work in, and then I'm of the opinion right now that we'll move on right in sequence with the rotation," Hurdle said, adding that he still needed to discuss the situation with general manager Neal Huntington.
Jonathan Sanchez stuck on 12.96 ERA
by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com (4/17/2013) Pirates starter Jonathan Sanchez had his outing against the Cardinals Tuesday night washed out due to rain.
The storm hit at the end of the second inning with Pittsburgh leading 4-2, and the game was called after a delay of 1 hour, 24 minutes.
The left-hander allowed two runs (one earned) on two hits over his two innings of work. He also struck out three and walked one, but none of the stats will count.
Sanchez (0-2) still has a 12.96 ERA through two starts.
His next outing is scheduled for Sunday against the Braves.
Jonathan Sanchez blasted by D-Backs
by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com (4/10/2013) Pirates starter Jonathan Sanchez took his second straight loss to begin the year on Wednesday against the Diamondbacks. He allowed nine runs on eight hits with four walks over 3 1/3 innings in the 10-2 defeat.
Sanchez was tagged with a three-spot in the first before surrendering a three-run homer to A.J. Pollock the following frame. Then in the fourth, Pollock led off the inning with a solo shot off the left-hander and Sanchez was pulled after putting two more men on. The bullpen allowed both inherited runners to score.
Sanchez, who threw 93 pitches, also struck out two.
His next start is scheduled for Tuesday against the Cardinals. In one start against St. Louis last season, he gave up six runs over 5 2/3 innings in the no-decision.
Jonathan Sanchez surprises with solid outing
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (4/6/2013) Pirates starting pitcher Jonathan Sanchez was surprisingly effective in his first start of the season Friday against the Dodgers.
Sanchez tossed five solid innings and allowed just three runs, on six hits and just one walk. Sanchez, who walked 53 batters in just 64 2/3 innings a year ago, threw 54 of his 88 pitches for strikes. Despite the solid outing, Sanchez was unable to get out of the sixth inning and earned the loss in a 3-0 game. Sanchez struck out four batters in the outing.
Sanchez is scheduled to make his next start Wednesday against the Diamondbacks, a team that tagged him for five earned runs in four innings a year ago.
Jonathan Sanchez rediscovers rhythm as starter
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (4/2/2013) Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said the mental adjustments starting pitcher Jonathan Sanchez made during the spring allowed him to land a spot in the team's rotation, according to MLB.com.
"He was out there pitching," Hurdle said, "after being too cerebral and mechanical the first couple times. His rhythm and execution improved."
Sanchez began the spring working in relief before getting a chance to start games. He said the shift to the rotation was key.
"It was like old times," Sanchez said. "I was just getting ahead, throwing strike one and going from there. Fixed little things, made little adjustments. Not having been in the 'pen for a long time, I just felt more comfortable starting games. That's where I belong. Once I started, everything clicked, the way I used to be. I started having success."
Sanchez will make his season debut Friday at L.A. Dodgers. He will be opposing Zack Greinke.
Pirates add Jonathan Sanchez to roster
by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com (3/27/2013) The Pirates purchased the contract of pitcher Jonathan Sanchez from Triple-A Indianapolis on Wednesday.
Sanchez, who was named the team's No. 4 starter, has a 5.50 ERA in seven Grapefruit League outings.
Jonathan Sanchez improves strikeout total
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (3/26/2013) Pirates starting pitcher Jonathan Sanchez took the mound during Tuesday's Grapefruit League game against Toronto and yielded four runs and seven hits over 4 2/3 innings. Sanchez, who was named the team's No. 4 starter before the game, struck out six and walked one. He has a 5.50 ERA with 16 strikeouts in seven appearances this spring.
Pirates see change in Jonathan Sanchez
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (3/26/2013) After riding a wave of inconsistency most of his career, veteran pitcher Jonathan Sanchez seemed to hit the bottom last season. The left-hander bounced between Kansas City and Colorado, making a combined 15 starts, and finished with a 8.07 ERA and more walks (53) than strikeouts (45) for the first time in his wild career. Still, the Pirates recognized enough promise in the 30-year-old to make him the fourth starter in the rotation to begin the season.
"In spring training, he's looked much closer to the guy he was in 2011 and 2010 than the guy who struggled in 2012," general manager Neal Huntington told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "Jonathan's last two starts have been very encouraging. The off-speed pitches have been very effective and the fastball command has been good."
Sanchez went 13-9 -- his only season with double-digits in wins -- and amassed a career-high 205 strikeouts over 34 games (33 starts) for the Giants during the 2010 season. However, he also walked 96 batters in 193 1/3 innings.
Jonathan Sanchez not a promising arm
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (3/26/2013) Pirates starting pitcher Jonathan Sanchez might not have had the worst spring of all-time, which is why he landed a spot in the team's rotation, but that doesn't mean Fantasy owners need to be buying into the left-handed hurler.
I point out that Sanchez still has control problems, walking nine batters in 13 1/3 innings, and he's really just a stopgap option until Francisco Liriano and Charlie Morton are ready to come off the disabled list. Shoot, he might only be a stopgap option until prospect Gerrit Cole is ready to be promoted.
The days of waiting for Sanchez to fill his full potential are a distant memory. There's more downside than upside for Fantasy owners.
Pirates add Jonathan Sanchez to rotation
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (3/26/2013) After being discarded by Colorado in the offseason, veteran pitcher Jonathan Sanchez has parlayed a minor-league deal into the fourth spot in the Pirates' starting rotation. Sanchez was awarded the position Tuesday over a host of other competitors despite being limited by poor command this spring, which has become his trademark.
The left-hander has posted a 4.73 ERA with 10 strikeouts and nine walks over six Grapefruit League games (13 1/3 innings).
Jonathan Sanchez making case for final spot
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (3/21/2013) Pirates rotation candidate Jonathan Sanchez turned in another solid outing in Thursday's contest against the Orioles. Sanchez, who made his third consecutive Grapefruit League start, fired five scoreless innings of two-hit ball as he struck out four and walked one. He has not allowed a run in his last eight innings of work. Sanchez has a 7.56 ERA this spring.
"I just go out there and throw the ball. I don't make those decisions," said Sanchez. "It's hard to be waiting, waiting. I want to be here. If they need me here, I'm happy to be here. If not ...”
If not, Sanchez can opt out of his contract with the Pirates if he is not awarded a spot on the active roster by Monday.
Jonathan Sanchez seeking old form
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (3/15/2013) Pirates starting pitcher Jonathan Sanchez pitched three strong innings during a 3-2 Grapefruit League victory over Houston on Friday.
Sanchez, who is trying to earn a spot in the Pirates' rotation, gave up a leadoff single to Jose Altuve in the first inning, then retired nine in a row. He finished with three strikeouts and did not walk a batter for the first time this spring.
Sanchez, 30, is pitching on a minor-league contract less than 2 1/2 years after starting a World Series game for San Francisco. By March 24, he can opt out of his contact and try to hook on with another team.
"I've been in the big leagues for seven years, and I'd rather be in a rotation," Sanchez said. "I'll have to make the decision that day. I don't know what to say right now. I'm just thinking about my next start and trying to do the same things I did today."
Sanchez not much better in start
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (3/10/2013) Pirates starting pitcher Jonathan Sanchez finally made a spring start Sunday against the Twins after appearing three times this spring in relief outings. However, Sanchez had another less-than-impressive outing. Sanchez, who came into the game with a 13.50 ERA, allowed two runs on two hits and one walk in two innings. He allowed a solo homer to Josh Willingham in the first inning. Sanchez struck out a batter, as he lowered his ERA to 11.81.
Sanchez dreadful yet again
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (3/6/2013) Pirates pitcher Jonathan Sanchez continues to make an awful impression in his attempts to earn a rotation spot. He could not make it out of his lone inning of work Wednesday against the Red Sox, as he allowed one run on two hits and a two walks. Sanchez got just two of six batters faced out, before being pulled for a reliever. Sanchez raised his ERA for the spring to 13.50.
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (2/28/2013) Pirates starting pitcher Jonathan Sanchez took a step back in his quest to land a spot in the team's rotation as he took the hill for the second time this spring Thursday against the Red Sox. Sanchez entered the game in the third inning after relieving prospect Jameson Taillon. Unfortunately, Sanchez didn't make it out of the third inning. Sanchez retired the leadoff hitter before the next three batters reached base on two singles and a walk. Ryan Sweeney drove in two runs on a line out and Sanchez then reloaded the bases with consecutive walks. He was then lifted with two outs after allowing an RBI single. Sanchez was charged with four runs on three hits and four walks in 2/3 innings. His ERA went from 0.00 to 13.50.
Sanchez solid to start spring
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (2/24/2013) Pittsburgh starting candidate Jonathan Sanchez followed James McDonald to the mound on Sunday in a Grapefruit League game against Atlanta. Sanchez, who was signed to a minor league contract and is trying to win a rotation spot, gave up one hit and walked a batter over two scoreless frames. He struck out two for the Pirates.
Sanchez shows his stuff
(2/17/2013) MLB.com reports Pirates pitcher Jonathan Sanchez pitched two innings of batting practice on Sunday and caught the notice of many who watched. Sanchez is in camp on a minor-league deal and is competing for one of the final spots in the rotation. "He had a good day," said manager Clint Hurdle. "He threw free and easy, very good velocity, and threw some good breaking balls. We saw what we were hoping to see. He had some very nice sequences, for his first time on the mound. Now we hope to see the consistency that he'll need."
Sanchez, Pirates seal deal
by Al Melchior | Data Analyst (2/6/2013) The Pirates signed starting pitcher Jonathan Sanchez to a minor league deal Wednesday. Sanchez has been invited to major league camp. In 15 starts with the Royals and Rockies last season, the left-hander went 1-9 with an 8.07 ERA.
Sanchez close to deal with Pirates
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (2/4/2013) CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reports free agent pitcher Jonathan Sanchez is close to a deal with the Pirates. Heyman reports Sanchez is healthy and worked on his mechanics all winter.