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Jonathan Sanchez aiming to return later this month

Sep 4, 2011, 12:56 PM EDT

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Giants starter Jonathan Sanchez hasn’t pitched in a game since August 16 due to a badly sprained left ankle and is still dealing with discomfort here in early September. But he hasn’t given up on returning to action before the end of the 2011 regular season.

According to Carl Steward of the San Jose Mercury News, Sanchez was able to throw a brief bullpen session on Saturday afternoon in San Francisco and could be ready for the final two weeks of September if he continues to make steady progress.

The 28-year-old left-hander has posted an underwhelming 4.26 ERA and 102/66 K/BB ratio across 101 1/3 innings this season for the second-place Giants. He had a sparkling 3.07 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 205 strikeouts in 193 1/3 innings last season.

“I’m feeling a lot better,” Sanchez told the Mercury News after his Saturday throwing session. “I’m not 100 percent, but right around 60-65. When I got hurt, I couldn’t throw. I couldn’t push off, but now I can. It’s progressing. We’ve got a month left and my ankle’s getting better every day, so I’ll do whatever I can. I just want to get to the playoffs, so I’ll do whatever they want me to do bullpen, starting, whatever.”

The defending-champion Giants are currently six games back of the Diamondbacks in the National League West standings and 8 1/2 games behind the Braves in the hunt for the National League Wild Card.

  1. Old Gator - Sep 4, 2011 at 1:54 PM

    Fortunately an MRI revealed that Sanchez suffered “no structural damage,” but that a steel pin, a carbon-composite talus replacement and a spare tendon from one of his other ankles to reinforce the structurally non-damaged ATFL (Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Ligament) were going to be inserted into his leftmost ankle “as a precautionary measure.”

  2. granted42 - Sep 4, 2011 at 7:40 PM

    Arizona is certainly hoping he’ll be back before the end of the season. If they haven’t wrapped it up by 9/15, his return will make it happen.

  3. rhandome - Sep 4, 2011 at 11:50 PM

    I hope the Giants don’t bring Sanchez back next year. His 2010 was a fluke (BABIP much lower than his career mark, stranded a ton of runners). I doubt he’ll ever “fix” his control problems; at age 29, this is the pitcher he is. Let’s see what Surkamp can do in 4 or 5 starts.

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