This probably won’t come to a shock to anyone, but Andrew Baggarly reported tonight what seems to be inevitable: Freddy Sanchez is all but confirmed to begin the season on the disabled list.
After injuring his shoulder on June 10th against the Cincinnati Reds, Freddy Sanchez was hopeful he would be more than ready for Spring Training, not to mention Opening Day. Sanchez still hasn’t taken infield practice and hasn’t been able to do much more than be a DH in Spring Games.
Bochy confirmed that Sanchez wouldn’t make the opening-day roster if all he can do is pinch hit.
“That’s fair to say, sure,” Bochy said. “Now, a lot depends on how close he is. But if he can’t go out there and play defense, the best thing to do is let him start on the DL and let him get ready to play second base. It’s a lot easier to do that by sending him (on rehab assignment) to (Triple-A) Fresno.”
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In the meantime, Joe Panik was pulled back up to big league camp from the minor league camp as a backup infielder, which is looking like slim pickings at this point.