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Freddy Sanchez finally inching closer to return

May 5, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Freddy Sanchez will begin a minor-league rehab assignment “no later than Tuesday” of next week.
Sanchez has been playing extended spring training games in Arizona, but manager Bruce Bochy speculated that he’ll need about 30 at-bats on the rehab stint before potentially rejoining the Giants.
Acquired from the Pirates in the middle of last season, Sanchez has played just 25 games for the Giants because of shoulder and knee injuries. Despite missing time and posting a measly .619 OPS down the stretch last season the Giants inked him to a two-year, $12 million contract in late October.
In addition to the injuries Sanchez is 32 years old and hasn’t had an above-average OPS since 2007, so the contract is obviously looking like a mistake right now. Juan Uribe, Mark DeRosa, and Matt Downs have done very well filling in for Sanchez at second base, combining to hit .308 with an .859 OPS that ranks sixth among all MLB teams for the position.

  1. BCTF - May 5, 2010 at 3:59 PM

    “Sanchez has been playing extended spring training games in Arizona”

  2. IdahoMariner - May 5, 2010 at 5:25 PM

    I giggle every time I see that picture. Thanks.

  3. Yeti Monster - May 5, 2010 at 11:09 PM

    Mark DeRosa’s triple slash this year is .200/.302/.267. Uribe and Downs have been filling in well despite DeRosa’s “contribution.”

  4. GiantSmitty - May 6, 2010 at 3:11 PM

    Deal him somewhere else. We don’t need a possible distraction right now. At the moment we have great chemistry, and we do NOT need a wrench thrown into the works.

  5. Obamarx - May 6, 2010 at 3:19 PM

    Whomever made the Nazi fascist comment is an idiot and has no clue about history.
    If an illegal immigrant is picked up without ID (also Federal law), they are sent back to their home (Mexico) where they can hangout with their families and friends.
    When Jews in Nazi Germany were picked up, by actual Nazi fascists, they were put on a train, transported to a concentration camp where they were then gassed and incinerated.

  6. John Shreve - May 7, 2010 at 12:56 AM

    Hey, Obamarx…..BCTF was using irony to explain his position. You both understand that the Arizona law simply confirms the federal and applies it to state enforcement.
    But if Sanchez COULD have his return delayed, hmmmm….

  7. RenoDavid - May 7, 2010 at 10:26 PM

    “finally inching?” Hehe…that’s just a terrible headline.

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