Pirates Notebook: Weather big factor in return of Sanchez
Saturday, April 07, 2007
By Paul Meyer, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
CINCINNATI -- Freddy Sanchez did not have a chance to play for Class AAA Indianapolis last night, which could hasten his joining the Pirates.
In fact, the second baseman could be here today.
Cold weather caused the postponement of the Indians' game against visiting Columbus last night. Indianapolis has another night game scheduled today, but the weather forecast for Indianapolis is not favorable -- 24 degrees at scheduled game time, strong winds out of the west and possible snow flurries.
So with the possibility of another postponement, perhaps Sanchez and the Pirates will conclude it is better for him to come here.
"I won't rule it out," Pirates manager Jim Tracy said. "But I won't rule it in, either. We'll just take it a day at a time and see how things go."
Sanchez, hampered by a sprained right knee, had a double and walked twice Thursday. He also grounded to second, which might have been his most significant accomplishment.
That ground ball followed a leadoff double by Nyjer Morgan, who moved to third on the play, then scored on a subsequent single.
"Doesn't that say a lot about who [Sanchez] is?" Tracy said. "I've said it many, many times -- he just knows how to play the game. He's a big-time weapon for us when we eventually get him back."