Although the Pittsburgh Pirates did not make a Major League Baseball deal before Wednesday afternoon’s non-waiver trade deadline, the Bucs did deal on the minor league level.
In a trade with the Seattle Mariners, the Pirates acquired utility man Robert Andino for either a player to be named later or cash considerations. Andino will be assigned to the Pirates “AAA” affiliate in Indianapolis.
Andino began the season with Seattle and hit .184 in 29 games. Since his demotion to “AAA” Tacoma, he batted .229 in 44 minor league games.
Andino played parts of four seasons with the then-Florida Marlins, and appeared in 79 Major League games between 2005 and 2008. He then spent four seasons with the Baltimore Orioles, where he was a starter for parts of 2011 and 2012.
In another Pirates announcement Wednesday, catcher Michael McKenry has undergone surgery on his left knee, and will miss the rest of the 2013 season.
McKenry tore the lateral meniscus in his knee while sliding into second base in a game on Saturday night. He was batting .217 in 41 games, although he had gone 7-for-14 in his most-recent four contests.
Tony Sanchez, called up from Indianapolis early this week, will probably continue to back up starter Russell Martin for the remainder of the season.