Sanchez acknowledges frustration with shoulder

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Sanchez acknowledges frustration with shoulder

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Second baseman Freddy Sanchez acknowledged the growing possibility he will not be ready to take the field on opening day, and was candid in expressing his frustration about the lack of progress with his surgically repaired right shoulder.

"We're getting late here," said Sanchez, who was 1 for 5 with a single up the middle as the DH in a minor league game on Monday. "It's got to be in all of our minds, whether, 'Hey, will I be out there or not?'

"Even a couple weeks ago, there was no doubt in my mind I'd be out there. But you get closer and ... you've got to keep your options open. I want to get out there as soon as I can. ... I've done as much as I can to get back. I really felt a month ago that opening day was not even a question."

Sanchez has not impressed the Giants coaching staff on the two occasions when he took full infield practice, including cutoffs, relays and turning the pivot on double plays. Sanchez thanked manager Bruce Bochy for telling him that he looked too tentative in those drills.

Bochy first suggested on Sunday that Sanchez was becoming a major question mark for the opener. The 34-year-old and three-time All-Star isn't disagreeing with his manager on that point, either.

"The big thing is the double plays," Sanchez said. "I'm not getting as much on my throws as I should."

Sanchez said he hasn't had a setback with his shoulder, and there is no pain in the area where he dislocated it while diving for a ground ball June 8.

"It's when you overcompensate in other areas, you get little things elsewhere," he said. "Overall, things have gone well. I don't notice the hesitance. I don't feel it. But obviously, I've got to get over that hurdle."

Would "devastated" be an accurate word if Sanchez is unable to play on opening day?

"Oh, definitely," he said. "It's just been a long, long process and recovery to get back. I'd be lying if I didn't say it wears on you. Mentally and physically, it just wears on you."

Although the Giants are light on right-handed bats, it's likely that Sanchez would begin the season on the disabled list if he cannot play the field. The Giants probably wouldn't carry him just to pinch hit, especially if Ryan Theriot shows enough to make the club.

"I probably won't have a say in that, anyway," Sanchez said.

Neither Sanchez nor the Giants could answer when he'll even attempt to take infield practice again. The tightening of the shoulder capsule is a surgery more commonly done on NFL players; at least one former Giants prospect, Marcus Sanders, had his career end after the procedure robbed him of any functional arm strength.

But Sanchez insisted his return is a matter of when, not if.

"I'm not the only one who's had the surgery and come back from it," he said. "I know I'm going to. It's just a matter of when."

Listless Giants roughed up by Pirates in ejection-filled series opener

Listless Giants roughed up by Pirates in ejection-filled series opener

BOX SCORE

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Pittsburgh Pirates kept clearing the fences, and the San Francisco Giants were left arguing plate umpire Chris Conroy's tough strike zone.

Even Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle understood the beef.

Andrew McCutchen hit a three-run homer and had four RBIs, Gerrit Cole won for the fifth time in six starts, and the Pirates beat San Francisco 10-3 on Monday night.

"I think there was some frustration really all night," said Giants manager Bruce Bochy, who watched most of the game from his office after an ejection in the second. "I don't think he had a real good night, to be honest, as far as consistency, but that really had nothing to do with what happened tonight. We gave up three-run homers."

Jordy Mercer added a three-run shot of his own in the eighth to further back Cole (8-7), 5-1 in his last eight starts. That lone defeat came June 30 as San Francisco swept the Pirates at Pittsburgh from June 30-July 2 - the Giants' first in the series since 2009.

This time, Pittsburgh immediately jumped on San Francisco starter Matt Cain (3-9), who matched the longest losing streak of his career at eight games - also done from July 28, 2015-May 10, 2016.

Bochy was tossed by Conroy for arguing balls and strikes in support of Cain moments after McCutchen connected, the skipper's second time being tossed this year. San Francisco pitching coach Dave Righetti then got tossed in the ninth.

"It was a tough zone," Hurdle said. "They lost two people on their side thrown out of the game."

Cole allowed two runs on six hits in six innings, struck out four and walked four.

He improved to 4-1 in six career starts against San Francisco. The Pirates won their seventh straight game at AT&T Park and ninth in 10, including sweeps both last year and in 2015.

Buster Posey hit a pair of RBI singles in San Francisco's fourth loss in five games.

McCutchen hit his 18th homer as the Pirates cleared the fences in San Francisco for a sixth straight game. His RBI groundout in the first started things off for a Pittsburgh club that had lost back-to-back games on the heels of a season-best, six-game winning streak, including a 13-3 flop in the finale against the Rockies on Sunday at Coors Field.

Josh Bell and Starling Marte each doubled home a run and Josh Harrison added an RBI single.

"This offense is good, we've shown that," McCutchen said.

Cain matched his second-shortest outing of the year at four innings and is winless in his last 11 starts, the longest by a Giants pitcher since the right-hander went 15 outings without a victory during his previous eight-game skid.

CHEERS TO THE HOME RUN KING:
Former slugger Barry Bonds, who played for both teams, received a greeting on the scoreboard for his 53rd birthday but the career home run king wasn't in the stands.

TRAINER'S ROOM:
Pirates: OF Gregory Polanco, who strained his left hamstring Friday at Colorado and landed on the 10-day disabled list, tested his leg with some straightaway running and was going to do some riding on the stationary bike with the hopes he can hit in the cage soon. Hurdle said he did witness Polanco scurry across a street to avoid being hit by a car, then acknowledged it wasn't that close a call. ... With an off day Thursday at San Diego, the starters will get an extra day of rest.

Giants: RHP Johnny Cueto played catch and said the trouble spots on three of his pitching fingers are greatly improved. He said they aren't true blisters. The plan is for him to play catch again Tuesday and perhaps throw off the mound Wednesday if all continues to go well. ... Closer Mark Melancon had the day off as he recovers from a second DL stint with a strained forearm. He will throw a bullpen session Tuesday, Bochy said, and face hitters this weekend in Los Angeles if ready.

UP NEXT:
Pirates: RHP Jameson Taillon (6-3, 3.08 ERA) is 3-2 with a 2.84 ERA in seven starts since returning from the DL on June 12, just more than a month after surgery for testicular cancer. He seeks his first decision against the Giants in two starts.

Giants: LHP Madison Bumgarner (0-4, 3.57) tries again for his first victory of 2017 in his third outing back from missing nearly three months following a dirt bike accident April 20 in Colorado.

Bruce Bochy ejected in second inning vs Pirates after arguing with umpire

Bruce Bochy ejected in second inning vs Pirates after arguing with umpire

Bruce Bochy's night didn't last very long.

The Giants manager was ejected in the top of the second inning Monday after arguing with the home plate umpire.

The argument came after a three-run homer by Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen. Bochy appeared to be voicing frustrating with the strike zone.

Bochy came out to argue with Chris Conroy and the home plate umpire threw him out almost immediately.

McCutchen's home run put the Pirates up 6-0 in the second inning.