Sanchez works on strength, Posey returns home

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Sanchez works on strength, Posey returns home

Giants head athletic trainer Dave Groeschner expects bothBuster Posey and Freddy Sanchez to be ready to start for the Giants on OpeningDay.Posey is working his way back from a fractured left ankle sustained in ahomeplate collision in May while Sanchez is rehabbing a shoulder injury.Groeschner said that Posey has left the Giants' facility in Arizona to take a break from a rigorousrehab schedule."He's been rehabbing hard for the last four or fivemonths, so we just need to give him a mental and physical break for the nexttwo or three weeks and we'll pick it up after Thanksgiving and kind of get himinto a normal conditioning phase like the rest of the guys."Posey's recent progress includes catching bullpen sessions,taking batting practice, and running in curves around the edge of the infield."He's been catching on and off for a while now and you can have him catchballs off the machine," Groeschner said."He's caught up to 60pitches in a bullpen session."While Groeschner said that Posey was ahead of schedule inhis rehab, he also acknowledged that the rigors of catching may require theGiants' top draft pick in 2008 to rest more in spring training and beyond."We'll have to see how he is when he comes to springtraining," Groeschner said. "We'll definitely back him off in springtraining and kind of build him up towards the season. We may give him morescheduled days off and then as the season goes on, we will see how he'sresponding and feeling and adjust accordingly week-by-week,month-by-month."Unlike Posey, Sanchez is still in Arizona,where he lives, working on building strength before spring training."Freddy's doing well," Groeschner said. "He'sbeen in Arizonarehab since the surgery and at this point, he's now in the strengthening phase,which is going well. He's feeling good, he's bouncing back, and he's going tostart throwing in December."Groeschner said that the shoulder issue Sanchez is rehabbing from is morelikely to affect him on defense than at the plate.Our main concern is getting him ready to throw, Groeschner said. If we canget him throwing and feeling good, then the swinging will come later.Groeschner said that the team hopes to have Sanchez ready tostart at second base on Opening Day.He'll be on a regimented plan in spring training that Idesigned, trying to get him ready for April 5th.
Rael Enteen is a web producer with Comcast SportsNet Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @RaelEnteenCSN

What's wrong with Giants? 'There's no trust, there's no belief...'

What's wrong with Giants? 'There's no trust, there's no belief...'

The Giants have dropped 12 of their last 13 games and 21 of the last 26 en route to a NL West-worst 27-51 record.

Their play on the field is making it tough for one of their broadcasters to watch what's going on.

"It is unbelievably bad right now. It was hard to watch this weekend," Mike Krukow said on KNBR 680 on Monday morning. "They got beat every way that was possible. They got out hit, they got out hustled, they got out defended, they got out pitched."

So what is the problem with the team that just got swept by the Mets?

"There's no rhythm, there's no trust, there's no belief that if you don't get a hit, the guy behind you is going to pick you up. They set the table and day after day, they just don't get the hit. It has zapped them of all their strength. You get the sense they're searching, they're looking for an ignitor that just doesn't exist anymore," Krukow said.

The former Giants pitcher compared the feeling around the team to that of the 1985 Giants team that went 62-100.

"It is dismal, as low of a point in a Giants clubhouse and a confidence level that I've seen in a long time," Krukow said.

Krukow pointed out the most concerning part about what he's watching.

"It just doesn't feel like there's a belief that it can get better. And that's what is so concerning. These guys are proud," Krukow said.

Krukow had one lasting message for the Giants.

"They have to fight through this. They have to stay together. That's their only chance," Krukow said.

Krukow responds to report about Melancon: 'I don't see any friction'

Krukow responds to report about Melancon: 'I don't see any friction'

With the Giants sitting in last place, everyone wants to figure out what happened to a team that was expected to contend.

Early Monday morning, it was reported that new closer Mark Melancon had rubbed some teammates the wrong way by canceling a longstanding pregame stretching session among relievers.

A short time later, Giants broadcast Mike Krukow was asked for his take on KNBR 680.

"We all understand closers are different people and they deal with different demons and some of them have their own routine. I haven't heard that its upset anybody," Krukow said.

Krukow believes everything is just fine between Melancon and his teammates.

"If you look at how Melancon is in line to get on the plane and get off the plane, he's having fun, he's laughing with the guys. Same thing on the bus. He's walking to the ballpark before games with guys. They're buddies. I don't see any friction. I don't see that rotten core starting to fester in the club at all," Krukow said.