Before putting up a preview of tonight's game, let's hit today's news and rumors quickly.
The Pirates have placed @theFortMcKenry on the 15-day DL with a left knee sprain. The team intends to recall Alex Presley from AAA.
— Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) July 29, 2013
You probably could've guessed something like this was coming yesterday when the Pirates put Travis Snider of the disabled list for his toe problem and recalled Tony Sanchez instead of an outfielder. As an aside, pretty much everyone had a good laugh at Snider being shelved for a heretofore-unknown and thus-presumably-imaginary toe problem, but the fact that they disabled him before McKenry indicates that maybe it is something that's been bothering him for a while.
In any case, this is interesting for two reasons. One is that Tony Sanchez's first big league start at catcher (and myabe his first two) will come against the Cardinals this week. He'll almost certainly start the half of the double-header...