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Pirates Activate Stewart from Disabled List, Send Sanchez to Indians

C Tony Sanchez blasted a three-run home run in the Tribe's 4-2 win on Tuesday night. (Bill Gentry - IndyIndians.com)
C Tony Sanchez blasted a three-run home run in the Tribe’s 4-2 win on Tuesday night. (Bill Gentry – IndyIndians.com)

INDIANAPOLIS – The Pittsburgh Pirates announced on Friday that catcher Chris Stewart, who had been on a rehab assignment with the Double-A Altoona Curve and Triple-A Indianapolis Indians, would be activated from the 15-day disabled list and return to the major leagues.

As a result, it was also announced that Tony Sanchez would be optioned to Indianapolis to make room for Stewart on the Pirates’ roster.

Stewart hit .333 (6-for-18) with a pair of RBIs in his five rehab games in the minor leagues. While in Indianapolis, Stewart went 4-for-12 at the plate, knocking in two runs on a couple of RBI singles.

While Stewart recovered from a hamstring injury he suffered in spring training, Sanchez was given the opportunity to start the 2015 season in the majors. In three games as Francisco Cervelli’s backup, Sanchez went 3-for-8 at the plate and scored twice.

Sanchez made a case for being Cervelli’s backup even before Stewart went down with the injury, as he hit .364 with four home runs and 11 RBI for the Pirates in the spring.

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