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SAN FRANCISCO –- Hector Sanchez wants to catch again.
The Giants are not keen to let him try this season.
Sanchez continues to have concussion symptoms including dizziness and nausea -– he had to rush to the bathroom as recently as two days ago –- and it’ll be at least another three weeks before he can resume any baseball activities.
The calendar tells the Giants that Sanchez won’t have enough time to return. Common sense should tell them it would be reckless to try.
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“He pretty much knows it’s a very, very slim chance to be back this year,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. “There’s not much you can do about it.”
Sanchez went on the concussion DL after taking a series of foul tips off the mask, and then while on a rehab assignment for Triple-A Fresno, he got smoked again.
Could his catching career be over?
It’s certainly a possibility. Nobody would have guessed that Mike Matheny played his last big league game when a foul tip knocked him from a game in Miami in 2006. But there’s an entire offseason for the Giants to check on Sanchez and doctors to evaluate him.
In the meantime, Andrew Susac’s improvement has been an important development for them.
As for first baseman Brandon Belt, he’s in a different category both because he is not a catcher and because his symptoms are subsiding. He’s already beginning light exercise but he’s away from the team on Wednesday because his wife, Haylee, went into labor with the couple’s first child.
You can bet there will be a stuffed giraffe in that baby’s bassinet.