March 6, 2013
Gaby Sanchez got time at third base today.
In the second half of Thursday's blow-out loss to the Boston Red Sox, the Pittsburgh Pirates sent Gaby Sanchez out to play third base. The infielder has played third base in the past, with his last appearance at the position coming in 2009 in Triple-A. The playing time didn't start today. The Pirates have been working Sanchez at third since the end of the 2012 season.
"We worked very hard last season with a lot of early work opportunities," Clint Hurdle said about Sanchez at third base. "He's been working diligently here as well. We're going to get him in some games. We talked to him when he left last year to prepare for it coming in, part of his entrance interviews. So we'll get him some innings at third, some defensive work there."
Sanchez started taking ground balls last year because, as he put it "you never know". Nick Leyva approached him after about a week of Spring Training and asked if he wanted to start taking more grounders there. When