Tony Sanchez's offseason got off to a troubling start, according to a published report that the Pirates' top pick in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft suffered a broken jaw in a barroom scuffle. Pirates officials have not commented on the report in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that Sanchez was injured three months ago while he was participating in the Florida instructional league. That would put the time of the incident at mid-October, weeks after the 23-year-old catcher concluded his third Minor League campaign in the Pirates' organization. He spent all season with Double-A Altoona, batting .241 with five homers and 44 RBIs in 402 at-bats.
According to the newspaper, which cited sources for its report, no police charges were filed against Sanchez. If accurate, the broken jaw would be the second suffered by the overall No. 4 pick in the 2009 Draft. He missed a significant portion of the 2010 season after being hit by pitches twice in the jaw, resulting in a fracture. Sanchez will be in Bradenton, Fla., as an invited non-roster player. The alleged offseason incident will not affect his ability to compete, as he was already deemed completely healthy while participating in the Pirates' mini-camp at the club's Spring Training complex earlier this month. Pittsburgh general manager Neal Huntington, while not directly addressing the report, told the Tribune-Review, "As with any young player, there are good days and days when we need to make adjustments. We are expecting Tony to come into Spring Training ready to go and ready to have a great season."