Apr 3, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; San Francisco Giants catcherHector Sanchez
against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Hector Sanchez has been diagnosed with a second concussion and according to Alex Pavlovic, Bruce Bochy said this could end his 2014 season. Sanchez had switched from the hockey style mask to wearing the old-style mask to try and help reduce his risk for a concussion to no avail.
This news might be as surprising as Matt Cain having season ending surgery to some of you if you are like me. In all honesty, his long term health isn’t worth the risk right now given that the Giants have a viable option for a backup catcher with Andrew Susac. It would be really sad to see his career end so suddenly since he’s young and talented. For whatever reason, Sanchez has taken many brutal hits off the mask this season and no one knows why it’s happening so much with him. His approach behind the plate might have something to do with it. Henry Schulman mentioned on KNBR last Saturday that he needs to get smaller behind the plate.
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In other injury related news, Brandon Belt went to see the concussion specialist today and we are still waiting to see what comes out of that. Joe Panik seems to be doing better with his pinkie injury and could be available off the bench tonight. Let’s hope we see Belt and Panik back sooner rather than later.