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Confirmed: Giants' Sanchez to rehab, avoid surgery

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Confirmed: Giants' Sanchez to rehab, avoid surgery

June 17, 2011

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Giants second baseman Freddy Sanchez received a second opinion on his right shoulder injury Wednesday in Arizona, CSNBayArea.com has learned from a source close to the situation.The second opinion came from Dr. Gary Waslewski, the doctor who performed a previous surgery on Sanchez's left shoulder. Waslewski confirmed the first doctor's diagnosis.Sanchez and the Giants will stick with their plan to rehab the shoulder and avoid surgery. Surgery would likely end Sanchez's season, and the team hopes that, through rehab, they can get him back in action as quickly as one month down the road.REWIND: F. Sanchez to rehab, put off season-ending surgery
If rehabilitation does not work as they hope, surgery is still an option.Sanchez suffered the dislocated shoulder that includes a damaged labrum and a stretched capsule when he dove for an up-the-middle ground ball on June 10 against the Reds.Sanchez was hitting .289 with three home runs and 24 RBI before the injury.Giants GM Brian Sabean didn't wait around long, signing veteran Bill Hall, released a week prior by the last-place Houston Astros, to spell Sanchez at second.
REWIND: Giants sign Bill Hall to replace Freddy SanchezThe Giants hope that Hall can pick up where last year's veteran acquisitions left off. Pat Burrell and Cody Ross, both midseason pickups, played key roles in the Giants' World Series Championship.

Steve Kerr updates Jordan Bell's status

Steve Kerr updates Jordan Bell's status

Jordan Bell likely envisioned a longer debut at the United Center. 

The Chicago Bulls traded the pick used to select Bell to the Golden State Warriors for cash considerations, and Bell's taken plenty of chances to remind the Bulls to remind them of that fact. 

Instead of getting another chance to rub it in, Bell injured his left ankle 24 seconds in to Golden State's 119-112 win over Chicago on Wednesday. On Thursday, Bell and the Warriors learned the results of his MRI, and it's not as bad as the team first feared, according to head coach Steve Kerr.

"Well, it seemed a lot worse at the time when it happened. Everyone kind of thought he had a broken a bone just based on his reaction [and] what he was telling us," Steve Kerr told Damon Bruce on 95.7 The Game.  "But the MRI was pretty good this morning. Nothing glaring. 

"The X-ray was fine yesterday. So it doesn't appear to be more than a bone bruise but bone bruises can be tricky to heal, so we'll see what happens. But so far, the news has all been good."

Bell has emerged as a bench contributor in his first NBA season. In 38 games, he's averaging 5.1 points, 3.9 rebounds, 1.8 assists, and 1.1 blocks in 14.4 minutes.

Two Warriors named All-Star Game starters

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Two Warriors named All-Star Game starters

After sending four players to the NBA All-Star Game last season in New Orleans, the Warriors are halfway to repeating the feat this season.

Point guard Stephen Curry and small forward Kevin Durant were voted in as Western Conference starters for the game scheduled for Feb. 18 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, the NBA announced on Thursday.

Though Curry has missed 15 games -- nearly one-third of the season -- it has not hurt his popularity; His No. 30 is the NBA’s best-selling jersey for the third straight season. He is averaging team-leading 27.7 points, 6.5 assists and 5.3 rebounds, and 1.65 steals per game.

Curry is the first member of the Warriors to be named a starter for five consecutive All-Star games. As the player with the most fan votes, Curry becomes a captain and is in position to select the members of his team.

Durant, who has missed eight games this season, was named as a starter for the sixth time, the first four coming when he was a member of the Thunder.

Durant is averaging 26.2 points (fifth in the league) 6.9 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 2.05 blocks (fourth in the league) per game.