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Ryan Vogelsong and Freddy Sanchez likely to begin season on the disabled list

Mar 24, 2012, 12:00 PM EDT

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Ryan Vogelsong and Freddy Sanchez are both making progress from their respective injuries, but neither are expected to be on the Giants’ active roster come Opening Day.

Vogelsong was slowed in the early days of camp due to back spasms and just made his first appearance of the spring yesterday during a minor league game. He threw only 24 pitches and likely won’t be stretched out in time for Opening Day, so Giants manager Bruce Bochy told Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com that they are considering skipping his first turn in the rotation and starting him when the team first needs a fifth starter on April 15.

“We’re being cautious and he knows that, Bochy said of Vogelsong, who strained his lower back in the weight room in early February. “We’ll take this slow. We’re not going to push him to get him ready for his first start.”

As for Sanchez, he is currently working his way back from season-ending surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder last August. The 34-year-old is expected to make his first start at second base this weekend in a minor league game, but the Giants have given him the option not to throw on ground balls in the hole if he doesn’t feel comfortable.

That doesn’t sound like someone who is anywhere close to ready and Bochy admits there’s a “strong possibility” that Sanchez will begin the year on the disabled list. Ryan Theriot and Mike Fontenot will likely fill in at second base until he’s ready to go.

  1. Gamera the Brave - Mar 24, 2012 at 12:30 PM

    AAAAAAARRRRGH!
    Not surprising (about Sanchez, that is), but still worrisome. Man, he is just built for injury (writes the guy with sore feet, right ankle, left knee…).
    Freddie seems like a great guy, you want him to get healthy, hit .300, help los Gigantes to 92 wins.

  2. mattjg - Mar 24, 2012 at 1:12 PM

    “I’m absolutely shocked by this news!” – Sarcastic Pirates fans everywhere.

  3. joey420415 - Mar 24, 2012 at 1:59 PM

    GO BRONCOS!

  4. joey420415 - Mar 24, 2012 at 2:00 PM

    Oh and Nick is a Prick! #NickPadless up s#!ts creek

  5. jwbiii - Mar 24, 2012 at 3:02 PM

    Oddly, Jayson Stark says:

  6. sfbookreviews - Mar 24, 2012 at 10:13 PM

    People were rip roaring mad when the Bucs traded Freddie Sanchez, but the man hasn’t been healthy since he left. Anyone who is relying on him to be their everyday second baseman is a fool.

  7. jawnn - Mar 24, 2012 at 11:04 PM

    sweet… halos 5th starter does not need to go 200 innings… pitch once a week rest that back and watch the show.

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