Giants 2B Sanchez undergoes shoulder cleanup

December 8, 2010, 12:27 am
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Dec. 7, 2010


LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Giants GM Brian Sabean told local reporters Tuesday evening at the Winter Meetings that second baseman Freddy Sanchez underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder (non-throwing) that morning in Arizona.

The recover time is estimated at eight weeks.

Giants trainer Dave Groeschner indicated he believes Sanchez will be a little behind come Spring Training, but that the Giants "expect he'll be playing baseball games in March, for sure."

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Sanchez was dealing with the shoulder discomfort for much of last year's regular season and on into the playoffs. When the season concluded, he got recommendations from three doctors, at least one of whom suggested surgery.

Sanchez decided to try to rehab the shoulder without surgery in Arizona with the Giants, but he wasn't seeing the progress he wanted and made the decision to go ahead with surgery while he could still recover before Spring Training.

It is the same shoulder Sanchez had operated on last season, in which repairs were required. This time around it was just a cleanup; no repairs were necessary.

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When asked whether or not the Giants would be pursuing other options at second base, Sabean said, "I think we're in good shape. With (Mike) Fontenot and (Mark) DeRosa able to play the position. We have good protection."

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