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SAN FRANCISCO – Is Bruce Bochy comfortable giving Hector Sanchez his first major league start at first base?
“Well, I’d better be,” Bochy said. “I put him out there.”
On the day Brandon Belt underwent successful surgery to insert two pins in his fractured left thumb, the Giants tried out a new replacement for him. Although Michael Morse should receive the most playing time at first base against right-handed pitchers, lefties are another matter.
Tyler Colvin, his splashy debut aside, profiles more as a platoon bat. His career OPS is .640 against lefties and .789 vs. right-handers.
So expect more of what you’re getting in Tuesday’s lineup against Atlanta left-hander Mike Minor: Morse back in left field, with Sanchez and Buster Posey at first base and catcher in some combination. Because Posey has established such a good rhythm with Ryan Vogelsong, it’s Hector’s turn at first base Tuesday.
“Nothing different, playing catcher or first base,” Sanchez said with a laugh. “Just pluck the ball and that’s it.”
Sanchez didn’t have a first baseman’s glove in the spring, when the Giants asked him to start taking grounders at the position. (He was a human highlight film in the one exhibition he started there.)
Sanchez has a glove contract with All-Star, who makes his catcher’s mitt and also provided him an infielder’s glove. But he didn’t have a first baseman’s mitt. So Triple-A catcher Andrew Susac, who has a contract with Wilson, offered to order a first base model for him.
It’s a black A-2000, and it’s well broken in.
“And it’s got my number, 29, in Sharpie,” Sanchez said. “So it’s mine. Susac, he’s my little brother. He’s a good player, man.”