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Giants worried Freddy Sanchez won’t be ready for opener

Mar 19, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

Freddy Sanchez injured AP

Freddy Sanchez said throughout the offseason that he was optimistic about recovering from June shoulder surgery in time for Opening Day, but like so many “optimistic” updates from teams and players recently that’s now looking like wishful thinking.

Sanchez missed the final three-plus months of last season and has yet to play second base this spring, leading manager Bruce Bochy to admit yesterday that his odds of being in the Opening Day lineup aren’t good.

“We’re down to two weeks here and he hasn’t gotten out there yet,” Bochy told Alex Pavlovic of the San Jose Mercury News. “We’re still optimistic that we will get him out there, but each day that goes by the possibility grows a little bit that he’s not going to be ready.”

“We’re still optimistic” has become the official spring training injury mantra across baseball.

Emmanuel Burriss, Ryan Theriot, and Mike Fontenot are options to replace Sanchez at second base. Sanchez has missed half of the Giants’ games since they acquired him from the Pirates in mid-2009, yet general manager Brian Sabean extended his contract twice during that time.

  1. rastaraider - Mar 19, 2012 at 12:58 PM

    I don’t think he will either .. Time will tell teriot will fit in

  2. jonirocit - Mar 19, 2012 at 1:52 PM

    Been a big supporter of Freddy but this is getting ridiculous . Love to hear him explain why we see him at home playing in the pool and throwing his kids around on the franchise yet for some reason he cant rehab and injury that 90% of all MLB players would have been ok by now .

  3. SOBEIT - Mar 19, 2012 at 2:02 PM

    Sit Freddy to the All Star Break. Word is that he is hesitant on the cross body throw from 2nd to 1st on double plays or hard grounders up the middle. Not a good sign. Give the shoulder more time to heal and his mind to believe that he is healed.

    Burriss should get the start with his spring, but he gets little respect from the team. He is out of options. I was hoping Theriot would be The Riot, but he has had a really bad spring and I don’t know if that is age or just a slow veteran spring start. But considering he is fighting for a roster spot on the bench, it can’t be a good sign that he has been terrible with the glove and bat.

  4. dmackali1 - Mar 19, 2012 at 3:36 PM

    you fart on freddy sanchez and he’ll get injured

  5. dmackali1 - Mar 19, 2012 at 3:37 PM

    what hell is he made of paper mache

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