Turning two still a major concern for Sanchez

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Turning two still a major concern for Sanchez

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. In a sobering acknowledgment, secondbaseman Freddy Sanchez said his repaired right shoulder would be an ongoingconcern all season.

And the Giants are already making tweaks to their infielddefense to accommodate it.

Ill have my ups and downs, said Sanchez on Thursday,after taking full infield practice including relays and cutoff throws forthe first time this spring. Thats just how its going to be all year. Therewill be tightness and soreness. Thats just part of the process.

The Giants are planning around it. Manager Bruce Bochy saidthe infield would adjust its alignment, shifting shortstop Brandon Crawford tobe the cutoff man on throws not just to left field or center, but also toright-center field.

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Bochy also challenged Sanchez to be less tentative when hetakes infield again on Friday.

I was honest with him, Bochy said. I thought he was alittle hesitant, which he appreciated. He knows he wasnt quite 100 percent.But he felt good and he made the pivot, which is (a hurdle) he had to jump.Its like Buster (Posey, and his ankle). Its a matter of going out and doingit, and finding out, Hey, Im OK.

Bochy said itd be nice to start Sanchez at second base inone of Saturdays split-squad games. The manager later hedged that statement,saying he would put it at 5050 whether Sanchez makes his debut in the fieldon that date.

What does Bochy want to see?

The strength, the good, free movement, Bochy said. He wasthrowing, but not like he normally does. I just want to see Freddy (closer) towhere he normally throws. Today, he made the throws. But hell tell you hesnot quite ready.

Sanchez said he did not think he was being overly cautious,but he found Bochys critique constructive.

I was glad he told me that, Sanchez said. When otherpeople see it, its good to hear. Because once that hesitancy is gone, itll bea great sign. The more reps, the better, the easier it will be.

Sanchez disclocated his shoulder while diving for a ground ballon June 10 and had surgery in August to stabilize the capsule. He and theGiants knew all through his rehab that turning the pivot and throwing acrosshis body would be the biggest test in the spring.

For a team built on pitching and defense, Sanchezscompromised shoulder looms as a significant issue.

I need to get more on the ball, he said. Thats going totake time. Ive got to use my legs more than my arm to get something on theball.

Definitely, for the first time taking infield, its goingto take some time to get over the initial feel of it. It was a good start towork on my footwork as I make throws all the way to first.

Would the Giants consider practicing trick plays whenSanchez has to glove a ball up the middle, perhaps flipping to Crawford to makethe throw to first base?

Naw, Bochy said. If we start getting tricky, were introuble here.

But Sanchez said he wouldnt have an problem yielding toCrawford on more cutoff plays.

That can be done easily, Sanchez said.

In the meantime, Sanchez is trying to get his timing back atthe plate. He made his spring debut at DH last Friday and hit in that slotagain Thursday night. He also picked up five at-bats in minor league camp onWednesday, but he isnt squaring up the ball yet.

The long-term concern isnt Sanchezs bat, but his arm.

The more I throw, the stronger I get, he said. But if Itake a real aggressive (day), itll be sore regardless. The last couple daysits been great.

If Sanchez goes down or sustains a setback, the Giants would turn to Mike Fontenot, Ryan Theriot or Emmanuel Burriss. Brett Pill spent time at second base at Triple-A Fresno last season, but is considered a candidate to play there only in emergency situations.

Giants lineup: Hernandez in, Slater out

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Giants lineup: Hernandez in, Slater out

Bud Black and Bruce Bochy issued their lineups for today's series opener at AT&T Park:

Rockies (47-31) 
1. Charlie Blackmon (L) CF
2. DJ LeMahieu (R) 2B
3. Nolan Arenado (R) 3B
4. Mark Reynolds (R) 1B
5. Raimel Tapia (L) RF
6. Ian Desmond (R) LF
7. Trevor Story (R) SS
8. Tony Wolters (L) C
9. German Marquez (R) P (5-3, 3.92 ERA)

Giants (27-51)
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. Jeff Samardzija (R) P (2-9, 4.74 ERA)

With Duffy's uncertain health, Rays reportedly trade for another shortstop

With Duffy's uncertain health, Rays reportedly trade for another shortstop

When the Rays acquired Matt Duffy from the Giants last July, they envisioned the then-third baseman as their everyday shortstop.

But the Achilles injury that hampered him with the Giants hasn't fully healed. He hasn't played in a major league game this season and played in just 21 games after the trade last season.

While Duffy is making progress in his latest attempt to get back on the field, the Rays have reportedly acquired a new shortstop.

Tampa Bay and the Miami Marlins have agreed to a deal that would send slick-fielding Adeiny Hechavarria to the Rays for two minor leaguers, according to multiple reports.

As for Duffy, he missed all of spring training due to irritation in his Achillies. He began a rehab assignment in May, but that lasted just three games. Recently, the Rays sent Duffy back to the doctor that performed the operation on his heal last year. According to TampaBay.com, Dr. Bob Anderson removed a calcium deposit that was causing Duffy to be in pain.

"We're hoping that that is what's been causing all the irritation because it was taken right from the spot where he gets most of this pain," Rays manager Kevin Cash told TampaBay.com on Friday.

Once the stitches heal from this latest operation, Duffy should be able to resume baseball activities and start a rehab assignment shortly after that. In the meantime, Hechavarria, who has been on the DL with an oblique strain, will likely become the Rays starting shortstop.