He said he treated the morning like any other day he was scheduled to start, but Jonathan Sanchez walked into the Pirates clubhouse Tuesday with one big question on his mind.

Was this the day he would be cut?

He walked into a closed-door meeting with his agent, Pirates general manager Neal Huntington, manager Clint Hurdle and director of baseball operations Kevan Graves, wondering if he was going to make the team.

It didn't take him long to find an answer.

"They said, 'Congratulations, you're on the team,' " Sanchez said. "I couldn't be happier."

Sanchez and infielder Brandon Inge were promised a spot on the major league roster. Both had opt-out clauses in their minor league contracts that forced the Pirates to make a decision on their futures. The team could have released them, added them to the roster or paid them a $100,000 retention bonus.

Though the Pirates committed to adding both players to the major league roster, the team will wait to officially add them to the 40-man roster until later this week. That delays a corresponding move the Pirates must make to create room on the roster.

Sanchez, who signed a minor league contract this offseason, was named the No. 4 starter to begin the season. He now is owed $1,375,000 in salary and could earn an additional $750,000 in performance bonuses.

Inge is owed $1 million on his major league contract but likely will start the season on the disabled list while dealing with lingering soreness after being hit by a pitch on his left shoulder blade March 14. He had surgery on the shoulder in September 2012, but the new injury does not complicate his recovery.

"We're going to shut him down here to get him healthy and do everything in our power to get the most productive Brandon Inge as quickly as possible," Huntington said.