Jonathan Sanchez will stay in the rotation despite two consecutive poor outings, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said Monday as Sanchez attempts to address the problems he has encountered early in the season.
"Right now I don't anticipate any adjustments to the rotation," Hurdle said.
Hurdle met with pitching coach Ray Searage briefly Monday to discuss Sanchez. They plan to reconvene, but for now Sanchez will make his scheduled start Friday against the Cardinals in St. Louis.
Hurdle pulled Sanchez from Sunday's game after three innings because he didn't see signs of improvement on the horizon, he said. Sanchez allowed two runs on four hits, walking three and striking out five, but needed 74 pitches to get through three.
"Sometimes when you get removed at that point in time, because it's not glaringly bad, you look at the numbers," Hurdle said. "People probably think he might have gotten hurt to come out if you just look at the linescore.
"Anytime you're going to go with a pitcher: 'Well, he's getting close to making an adjustment or it's getting better,' and I didn't feel that was the case [Sunday]."
Sanchez has an 11.12 ERA in 111/3 innings and opponents have hit .367 against him. He has struck out 11 and walked eight.