SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. Second baseman Freddy Sanchezs repairedshoulder is stuck in a holding pattern. Now he and the Giants are hoping acortisone injection will help him push forward so he can restart his career.
Sanchez will be restricted for at least two days while theanti-inflammatory medicine kicks in. He hasnt been able to take full infieldpractice in more than a week and its commonly held that he will begin theseason on the disabled list.
Sanchez dislocated his right shoulder on June 8 while divingfor a ground ball. He underwent surgery in August to tighten and stabilize thecapsule. Although Sanchez has no problems playing catch up to 120 feet, he hasntbeen willing or able to throw across his body or put much mustard on the ball two activities vital to turning double plays.
Sanchez had hit a plateau in his rehab, according to headtrainer Dave Groeschner. The Giants were hopeful that the injection couldpropel Sanchez forward.
Emmanuel Burriss is the leading candidate to open the seasonat second base. The Giants also have Mike Fontenot and Ryan Theriot in camp,although they have put out trade feelers for both players. Non-roster inviteeJoaquin Arias is a strong defensive player who remains in camp.
Although the Giants remain hopeful that Sanchez will be ableto play second base again, club officials no longer can count on him to return.Manager Bruce Bochy said he still hopes Sanchez can play second base at somepoint this spring; the team breaks camp in six days.
Sanchez is a three-time All-Star and won a batting title in 2006 for the Pittsburgh Pirates.