SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. Second baseman Freddy Sanchezs repairedshoulder is stuck in a holding pattern. Now he and the Giants are hoping acortisone injection will help him push forward so he can restart his career.
Sanchez will be restricted for at least two days while theanti-inflammatory medicine kicks in. He hasnt been able to take full infieldpractice in more than a week and its commonly held that he will begin theseason on the disabled list.
Sanchez dislocated his right shoulder on June 8 while divingfor a ground ball. He underwent surgery in August to tighten and stabilize thecapsule. Although Sanchez has no problems playing catch up to 120 feet, he hasntbeen willing or able to throw across his body or put much mustard on the ball two activities vital to turning double plays.
Sanchez had hit a plateau in his rehab, according to headtrainer Dave Groeschner. The Giants were hopeful that the injection couldpropel Sanchez forward.
Emmanuel Burriss is the leading candidate to open the seasonat second base. The Giants also have Mike Fontenot and Ryan Theriot in camp,although they have put out trade feelers for both players. Non-roster inviteeJoaquin Arias is a strong defensive player who remains in camp.
Although the Giants remain hopeful that Sanchez will be ableto play second base again, club officials no longer can count on him to return.Manager Bruce Bochy said he still hopes Sanchez can play second base at somepoint this spring; the team breaks camp in six days.
Sanchez is a three-time All-Star and won a batting title in 2006 for the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Bud Black and Bruce Bochy issued their lineups for Game 2 of their series at AT&T Park:
1. Charlie Blackmon (L) CF
2. DJ LeMahieu (R) 2B
3. Nolan Arenado (R) 3B
4. Mark Reynolds (R) 1B
5. Ian Desmond (R) LF
6. Alexi Amarista (L) RF
7. Trevor Story (R) SS
8. Tony Wolters (L) C
9. Jeff Hoffman (R) P
1. Denard Span (L) CF
2. Joe Panik (L) 2B
3. Hunter Pence (R) RF
4. Buster Posey (R) C
5. Brandon Belt (L) 1B
6. Brandon Crawford (L) SS
7. Ryder Jones (L) 3B
8. Gorkys Hernandez (R) LF
9. Matt Cain (R) P (3-7, 5.54 ERA)
SAN FRANCISCO -- With a deadline looming, the Giants will take a look at yet another third baseman.
Jae-gyun Hwang, a Korean infielder who was one of the surprises of camp, will join the team on Wednesday. Hwang has spent the entire season in Triple-A. He could have opted out of his contract on July 1 if he wasn't in the big leagues.
Manager Bruce Bochy said he could not talk about Hwang much since the move -- placing Conor Gillaspie back on the disabled list -- is pending, but he also noted that Hwang is expected to start at third base on Wednesday against the Rockies. It'll be a huge moment for a 29-year-old who gave up a career as a superstar in the KBO to come and try to make it in Major League Baseball.
"This is one of the best parts of the game for a manager, when you can welcome a guy and you shake hands or hug a guy who is realizing his dream," Bochy said. "Jae worked hard and gave up a lot to pursue this, so I'll be as happy as he is when I see this guy."
In 68 games with Sacramento, Hwang was hitting .287/.333/.476 with 19 doubles, four triples, seven home runs and 44 RBI. He primarily plays third, although he has played plenty of first base this season. The Giants tried Hwang at left early in the season but the experiment didn't take, and that was part of the reason why it was going to be hard to fit him on the roster.
As late as Monday, sources said Hwang would not get a June call-up and the expectation was that he would take the opt-out. But then Gillaspie's back flared up again and a cortisone shot was needed.
Hwang's time up here could be short. Eduardo Nuñez will be back Friday and the Giants will need to option either Hwang or Ryder Jones. By adding Hwang to the 40-man roster, the Giants gain the ability to option him back to the minors.