SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy acknowledged he is less certain that second baseman Freddy Sanchez will be ready to start on opening day.
"I guess you have to say it's a possibility," Bochy said Sunday. "We're down to two weeks and he hasn't gotten out there yet. We're still optimistic we'll get him out there, but each day that goes by, the possibility grows a little bit that he's not going to be ready."
Sanchez hasn't played an inning in the field since June 8, when he dislocated his right shoulder while diving for a ground ball. After surgery in August and an offseason of building arm strength by playing catch, Sanchez began participating in full infield practice within the last week.
"Once he takes good infield and feels he can play in a game, we'll throw him out there," said Bochy, who told Sanchez that he looked tentative in initial attempts to throw to bases or turn the pivot on double plays.
Bochy said it was doubtful Sanchez would start at second base on Tuesday, after the club returns from its only day off on the schedule. Sanchez could take infield on Tuesday or Wednesday, receive a day off to recover, then start the following day if all goes well.
The Giants have Ryan Theriot, Mike Fontenot and Emmanuel Burriss as insurance at second base for Sanchez. Theriot would appear to be a better fit, given his right-handedness amid a very left-leaning lineup. But Theriot has not impressed with the bat (.200) or glove thus far.
Burriss, a switch hitter, tripled and singled while boosting his average to .441 in 34 at-bats. He's out of minor league options, which boosts his chances of making the team.
TOKYO — Former Detroit Tigers infielder Casey McGehee has agreed to a one-year deal with the Yomiuri Giants of Japan's Central League worth $1.7 million.
The Giants announced the signing on their official website on Sunday.
McGehee played in 30 games for the Tigers in 2016 posting a .228 batting average.
This will be McGehee's second stint in Japan. In 2013, he batted .292 with 28 home runs and 93 RBI while helping the Rakuten Eagles of the Pacific League win the Japan Series.
The 34-year-old can play either first or third base.
While the Giants aggressively pursue a new closer, they haven't been aggressive for a new left fielder.
Angel Pagan is a free agent and isn't likely to come back. That leaves talented, but unproven youngsters Mac Williams and Jarrett Parker.
And for GM Bobby Evans, who is always looking for ways to improve the roster, it appears he is content going into the 2017 with Williamson and Parker filling the void in left field.
"Our mindset has been to keep an open mind in any way we can improve the club offensively. But that said, I feel like we've got a starting lineup today that we don't have to adjust or improve upon. I'd always like to find ways to improve it. I think there are some big market options, but we've got two young guys that we want to get a good evaluation on, and you can't really do that until they get major league at-bats. That's Mac Williamson and Jarrett Parker and both of them are really in-waiting for an opportunity to get everyday playing time and show what they can do," Evans told ESPN's Buster Olney on Friday.
But Evans is keeping an open mind regarding acquiring a left fielder.
"That said, I also have to make sure that if we have an opportunity to improve or solidify our lineup in some way, I want to take advantage of it. But I can't lose sight of the benefit of developing our own guys and giving them a chance and not locking ourselves into keeping them from playing time in the next two to three years" Evans said.