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Arm a concern, but Sanchez confident for Opening Day

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Arm a concern, but Sanchez confident for Opening Day

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. Second baseman Freddy Sanchez wont beturning double plays when the Giants take the field for their first full-squadworkout on Friday. He wont even lob a throw to first base.

He has no idea when trainers will clear him to graduatebeyond playing catch, either. But Sanchez offered a hearty oh,definitely when asked if he would be ready for the season opener April 6.

I can go to the minors and get six, seven at-bats. Illstill take ground balls and get in baseball shape, Sanchez said. Hopefully bythen, the arm will be where it needs to be. Sanchez expressed similar confidence two springs ago, whenhe was coming off left shoulder surgery. But Sanchez ended up missing the first38 games of that season before debuting in May. All was forgotten when the yearended with his brilliant performance in the World Series. Now Sanchez is dealing with a potentially more significantsurgery to stabilize a loose and damaged right shoulder, which he dislocatedwhile diving for a grounder in June. Its his throwing shoulder, too.But Sanchez said he is in a better position now.(In 2010), I didnt have enough time to get it as strong asit needed to be. Thats what we realized later on, said Sanchez, whose surgeryin December, 2009, was undisclosed to the media for nearly two months. Thisyear its a lot stronger. Sanchez had been playing catch three times a week over mostof the winter as he worked through some crankiness. Hes up to five times perweek now, extending out as far as 140 feet. Im throwing as good as I have for awhile, he said.But making throws from second base is a different matter.Perhaps no position requires more throws from as many angles, including thosedifficult plays across the body that put extra strain on the shoulder.Sanchez, 34, said doctors and trainers havent told himwhether he should expect to get back all his previous arm strength. But theywarned him that he probably wouldnt be 100 percent until his one-year anniversaryfrom surgery in August.As long as I can get out there and make throws, Im fine,he said. I wont be out there worrying about it or throwing soft or not divingfor balls. Ideally, Sanchez would get plenty of innings this spring tobuild timing and rapport with shortstop Brandon Crawford. They have startedonly 12 career games together.
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At least hitting is not an issue for Sanchez, as it was withhis left shoulder. Sanchez said he could DH the first game of the spring March3. Even if he has to wait a few weeks to begin playing second base, he couldkeep getting at-bats by leading off every inning in minor league scrimmages.

Giants outfielder, UVA alum reacts to Charlottesville: 'Shocking and absurd'

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Giants outfielder, UVA alum reacts to Charlottesville: 'Shocking and absurd'

While it has been a week since white supremacists marched on the University of Virginia campus and clashed with protestors in Charlottesville, Va., Giants outfielder Jarrett Parker still cannot believe what happened. 

Parker, who played college baseball at UVA from 2008-2010, spoke on the events Saturday before the Giants' game in San Francisco. 

"It was a huge shock for me," Parker said to the San Francisco Chronicle. "I just think in this day and age it's ridiculous that there's still stuff like this going on." 

While seeing such racial injustices displayed in 2017 shocked Parker, he was just as appalled at where the events took place.

When asked if he believed Charlottesville was a welcoming community, Parker said, "Oh, goodness. Of course. The whole thing is pretty shocking and absurd to me.

"I don't think Charlottesville can be in any way described as a place where that's acceptable or goes on in any way. I still have a (former Virginia) teammate who lives there, and my college coaches. I'm sure they're just as shocked as anybody."

Parker, 28, is in his third season with the Giants. Through 23 games this year, he is batting .267 with one home run and eight doubles. 

After three starts with Dodgers, Yu Darvish headed to the DL

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After three starts with Dodgers, Yu Darvish headed to the DL

Yu Darvish is only three starts into his Dodgers career, but the trade deadline prize is already on the shelf.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts announced to the media Saturday that Darvish is headed to the 10-day DL with back stiffness. He is expected to miss one start and is expected to pitch again Sunday in Los Angeles against the Brewers.

Darvish made the following statement: 

Since joining the Dodgers, Darvis is 2-0 with a 2.50 ERA. Between the Dodgers and Rangers, Darvish is 8-9 with a 3.83 ERA this season.