Aug. 19, 2011GIANTS PAGE GIANTS VIDEO
UPDATED -- 2:40 p.m.: The Giants placed catcher Eli Whiteside on the 7-day DL, a time period designated specifically for concussions, and called up Hector Sanchez from Triple-A Fresno.
Whiteside sustained abrasions on his face and reportedly felt some dizziness after his head slammed into the first in front of second base on Wednesday.
UPDATED -- 1:40 p.m.: According to the San Francisco Chronicle's John Shea, who is traveling with the Giants in Houston, Hector Sanchez will be in uniform Friday night against the Astros. Catcher Eli Whiteside will be placed on the 7-day DL, which is a new category specifically for concussion-related injuries.
The Giants could be making another roster move, according to a report on Twitter. San Jose Mercury news beat writer Andrew Baggarly indicated that catcher Hector Sanchez was traveling to join the team in Houston.
Sanchez is batting .283 in 88 games with the Triple-A Grizzlies this season. He has nine home runs and 72 RBI in 329 at-bats. He made his big league debut as a pinch-hitter on July 15, walking in the ninth inning of San Francisco's 6-1 win at San Diego.
He was sent down on July 19.
Eli Whiteside, who left Wednesday's game after hitting his head while sliding into second base, had "some blurry vision" after the incident, according to Giants manager Bruce Bochy. Whiteside did not play Thursday, as Chris Stewart made up the battery with Tim Lincecum.
NASHVILLE – Sharks forward Micheal Haley could be in line for supplemental discipline from the league, after earning a match penalty in the third period of Saturday’s 7-2 loss in Nashville.
After absorbing a borderline hit from behind by Calle Jarnkrok, Haley tracked down the Predators forward and promptly delivered a left jab to Jarnkrok’s face at 12:56 of the final frame, with the Sharks trailing 5-2 at the time.
Naturally, there were differing opinions from the two head coaches on the play.
Pete DeBoer said: “When you run someone from behind in a game like that, you probably deserve to get a punch in the mouth.”
Predators coach Peter Laviolette told reporters: "It's an ugly play. This isn't the wild, wild west. I mean, Calle hit him. We took a penalty. If we start doing that, we're in trouble, so hopefully it gets looked at."
Any player who earns a match penalty "shall be automatically suspended from further competition until the commissioner has ruled on the issue,” according to league rules.
In 54 games this season, Haley has two goals and nine assists for 11 points. His 110 penalty minutes is fifth in the league.
Jarnkrok did not return after the punch, but told reporters after the game he felt “OK.”
"I feel pretty good," Jarnkrok said. "Obviously, I saw him coming. There were a couple other guys coming, too. I didn't really know what to do. He got in a good punch on me.”
NASHVILLE – After taking a deflected puck to the face, Sharks center Logan Couture was taken to a local hospital in the Nashville area, coach Pete DeBoer said after the game.
There was no further information about how serious his injury might be.
“I don’t have a report. I heard they took him to the hospital. That’s the last I heard,” DeBoer said.
Couture was set up just outside the crease when a Brent Burns point shot late in the second period hit a stick before squarely smacking into the 27-year-old’s mouth. Replays showed Couture appeared to lose at least one tooth, and he quickly skated to the dressing room under his own power with just 14 seconds before the intermission.
Losing Couture would be a devastating blow to a team that has lost six in a row in regulation, including Saturday night’s 7-2 thrashing at the hands of the Predators. Couture is third on the team in scoring with 52 points, and has a team-leading 11 power play goals. He entered Saturday’s game with four goals and five assists in his last 10 games, seemingly heating up since the All-Star break.
Frequent linemate Patrick Marleau was asked how tough it would be to lose Couture.
"You can't replace him, so it would be really tough,” he said. “But if that is the case, then guys are going to have to pull up the slack. Definitely we hope he's back sooner.”