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Jonathan Sanchez leaves start with left ankle sprain

Aug 16, 2011, 8:38 PM EDT

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The Giants are crumbling before our eyes.

Already short handed on their bench tonight against the Braves, the Giants were forced to go to their bullpen early after left-hander Jonathan Sanchez was pulled in the bottom of the third inning with a left ankle sprain.

Sanchez suffered the injury while fielding a sacrifice bunt by opposing pitcher Randall Delgado. The southpaw gave up one run on one hit and one walk before being replaced by Guillermo Mota.

Barry Zito just sprained his ankle during a rehab start with Triple-A Fresno over the weekend, so the Giants will have to be creative if the injury to Sanchez requires an extended absence. Dan Runzler was just called up from the minor leagues today and has been used primarily as a starter with Triple-A Fresno this season. The more exciting option would be left-hander Eric Surkamp, who has a 2.03 ERA and 156/40 K/BB ratio over 128 1/3 innings at the Double-A level this season.

  1. phillyphever - Aug 16, 2011 at 8:54 PM

    Methinks Beltran might have brought along some of that Mets luck to SF.

    • drmonkeyarmy - Aug 16, 2011 at 9:00 PM

      You’re not kidding. I thought I also read that Keppinger might have broken a toe last night as well.

      • phillyphever - Aug 16, 2011 at 9:09 PM

        Makes me glad the Phils got Pence instead of Beltran.

      • anonmonster - Aug 16, 2011 at 9:27 PM

        Keppinger, like Beltran, has a wrist injury (no word on how serious yet). It’s Schierholtz with the foot injury.

      • FC - Aug 16, 2011 at 9:35 PM

        So the Giants need a foot, wrist and toe doctor?

      • anonmonster - Aug 16, 2011 at 9:43 PM

        I think we’d settle for a cardboard cutout of Ryan Howard. It’d generate more offense than Huff right now (who, to his credit, just made a hell of a catch to extend the game).

        Alternately, can said doctor run out a bunt?

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