Sep 5, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; San Francisco Giants catcher Hector Sanchez (29) is assisted by a team trainer and manager Bruce Bochy (15) after being injured while running to first base during the fourth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports
Injuries and more injuries
There’s good news and there’s bad news. I’ll tell you the bad news first and then we’ll talk good news–it’s really the best news–the Giants won Saturday’s game, calling a halt to their seven game skid.
We’ll talk game in a minute. First, the bad news. Andrew Susac‘s season is over. My reaction when I heard the news: wha-a-t? He’s supposed to be Buster Posey‘s number two, right? But after Saturday’s game, Buster doesn’t even have a number three after Saturday’s game.
Susac has ligament damage to his wrist. He will undergo surgery on his hand and will have to keep it immobilized for several months.
ICYMI (that’s texting shorthand for “in case you missed it) Hector Sanchez followed Kelby Tomlinson in the lineup Saturday night. In the fourth inning, after Kelby reached on a fielding error, Hector laid down a bunt to advance Kelby to second. It was perfect except for one thing.
Hector tapped the ball and took off for first in a legitimate effort to run it out and reach base safely. He was close, but the throw beat him, and when his foot hit the bag his ankle may have turned because he sprained it. X-rays were negative for a broken bone.
He was helped off the field limping. The official scorekeeper ruled it a sac bunt, so at least his batting average wasn’t hurt along with his foot.
With both back up catchers out, manager Bruce Bochy will have to bring up another minor league player and add him to the 40 man roster. Jackson Williams has been tapped to be Buster’s new back up guy. He was drafted by the Giants in 2007 and has been bouncing around the minor leagues since. This past season he played for the AA Richmond Flying Squirrels.
Nori Aoki was not in Saturday’s lineup because he is experiencing concussion symptoms. He is traveling with the team to Arizona, but after that he is expected to see the concussion specialist in Pittsburgh, according to Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News.
According the MLB Injury Report: on September 4th, Joe Panik began rehab in Sacramento where he was joined by Matt Cain, who was placed on the 15-day DL with right elbow nerve irritation. Hunter Pence’s recovery is slower than he expected, but he took some very light swings. Brandon Belt was left out of Saturday’s lineup because of illness.
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