Pirates recall Sadler for long-relief role

Pirates recall Sadler for long-relief role

LOS ANGELES -- Whenever a player's performance exceeds his projections and people start dropping words like "overachiever," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle rolls his eyes.

"If someone 'overachieves,' does that mean we just drafted him too low?" Hurdle asked with flawless logic.

Regardless of which side of that fence you stand, there is no argument that the newest Pirates player beat the longest odds to get here.

Right-hander Casey Sadler was taken in the 25th round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft. Catcher Russell Martin (17th round, 2002 by the Dodgers) lost his rank as the lowest-drafted Pirate when Sadler joined the team Sunday, replacing Bryan Morris, dealt earlier in the day to the Marlins.

"He gives us depth and length [from the bullpen]," Hurdle said of Sadler, who is beginning his second stint of the season with the Bucs. "Now he have two longer options there [along with Jeanmar Gomez]."

Sadler, 23, has been exclusively a starter the last two years in the Minors, making 32 consecutive starts, including eight this season for Indianapolis.

He proved his flexibility in his brief big league introduction in early May, when he twice took two-inning shutout turns against Toronto in PNC Park.

Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog Change for a Nickel. He can also be found on Twitter @Tom_Singer. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.