Sanchez among 7 set for Fall League


CHICAGO — The Pirates will send catcher Tony Sanchez, infielders Jordy Mercer and Josh Harrison, and outfielder Andrew Lambo to the Arizona Fall League, which begins play Oct. 12.

The Pirates also have three pitcher slots to fill for the AFL. Those will be announced later.

Sanchez, Harrison and Lambo all are listed as playing for Double-A Altoona. Sanchez, the team’s top draft pick last year, has spent this season with High-A Bradenton, but has been out since June 23 with a broken jaw. Sanchez hit .314 with 35 RBI in 59 games.

Lambo was acquired July 31 from the Dodgers as part of the Octavio Dotel trade. In 20 games with Altoona, he’s batting .310 with two homers and 10 RBI.

Harrison was acquired last year from the Cubs in the John Grabow trade. Harrison is hitting .302 with 73 RBI and 19 stolen bases. Mercer, a third-round pick in 2008, is hitting .275.

The Pirates’ prospects will play for the Mesa Solar Sox. The Angels, Cubs, Phillies and Mets also contributed players to the roster.

»»» Throughout this road trip, Lastings Milledge has struggled in the outfield, taking long routes to balls and failing to make catches. Manager John Russell said Milledge has been slow to adjust after being switched from left to right field.

“He doesn’t see the ball as well (in right),” Russell said. “The angle, the view off the bat is different. It’s a matter of getting his first step a little bit better.

Milledge’s woes are bit unusual, Russell said, because it usually tougher for a player to go from right to left. “But I have seen it when a guy just gets comfortable on one side and it’s hard to switch.”

»»» Reliever Evan Meek (bruised right hand) will try to play catch before Wednesday’s game. The Pirates are hopeful he might be able to return to action sometime this weekend.

»»» Bradenton outfielder Quincy Latimore and reliever Noah Krol were named to the High-A Florida State League postseason all-star team.

Latimore, a fourth-round draft pick in 2007, leads the league in RBI (98) and total bases (219) and is second in extra-base hits (50). The last Pirates minor leaguer to finish with 100 RBI in a minor league season was Steve Pearce, who got a combined 113 in 2007 for High-A Lynchburg, Double-A Altoona and Triple-A Indianapolis.

Krol leads the FSL in saves (33), appearances (61) and games finished (60). He ranks fourth in the minors in saves.

»»» No Indy players were named to the International League postseason all-star team. Last night, Indy was eliminated from playoff contention.

»»» Colleen Hronich will discuss her book, “The Whistling Irishman: Danny Murtaugh Remembered,” on Friday at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. Hronich is the granddaughter of Murtaugh, the former Pirates manager.