Guillermo Quiroz DFA'd, Hector Sanchez recalled

Guillermo Quiroz DFA'd, Hector Sanchez recalled
August 8, 2013, 10:15 am
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Hector Sanchez (left) returns to the Giants while Guillermo Quiroz has been designated for assignment. (AP)

SAN FRANCISCO -- Hector Sanchez was back in the Giants clubhouse Thursday, getting prepared to catch and bat seventh in his first MLB game in exactly one month.

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The Giants recalled Sanchez from his Triple-A rehab assignment Thursday morning, designating Guillermo Quiroz for assignment to make space on the roster.

Quiroz, 31, departs with a season average of .186 with one home run in 43 games. But Giants fans will remember that lone blast fondly, as it came in the 10th inning of a 9-9 tie with the rival Dodgers on May 4 -- when the Giants were tied for the division lead.

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Sanchez was placed on the 15-day disabled list on July 10 with an injured throwing shoulder, which began nagging him in winter ball this offseason.

"Shoulder strength a big problem for me," Sanchez said. "But my shoulder got stronger every day. I feel great right now."

Sanchez said his shoulder is in better shape now than it has been at any point this season, and comparable to last year when he caught 53 games for the world champions.

"Absolutely," Sanchez said. "Throwing to the bases the last couple games I felt really strong. I feel great. It's been a long time since I've felt like that."

Between his rehab assignment and standard trips down to the minors this year, Sanchez has split 37 games between the Arizona Rookie League Giants, the Single-A San Jose Giants and the Triple-A Fresno Grizzlies. Combined, he is batting .270 with three home runs.

He was batting .231 in 26 with the Giants before being placed on the disabled list.

It didn't seem to bother him that he missed 2013 team picture day by less than 24 hours. Maybe the 23-year old figures he'll be around for a few more.

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