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Arm a concern, but Sanchez confident for Opening Day

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Arm a concern, but Sanchez confident for Opening Day

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. Second baseman Freddy Sanchez wont beturning double plays when the Giants take the field for their first full-squadworkout on Friday. He wont even lob a throw to first base.

He has no idea when trainers will clear him to graduatebeyond playing catch, either. But Sanchez offered a hearty oh,definitely when asked if he would be ready for the season opener April 6.

I can go to the minors and get six, seven at-bats. Illstill take ground balls and get in baseball shape, Sanchez said. Hopefully bythen, the arm will be where it needs to be. Sanchez expressed similar confidence two springs ago, whenhe was coming off left shoulder surgery. But Sanchez ended up missing the first38 games of that season before debuting in May. All was forgotten when the yearended with his brilliant performance in the World Series. Now Sanchez is dealing with a potentially more significantsurgery to stabilize a loose and damaged right shoulder, which he dislocatedwhile diving for a grounder in June. Its his throwing shoulder, too.But Sanchez said he is in a better position now.(In 2010), I didnt have enough time to get it as strong asit needed to be. Thats what we realized later on, said Sanchez, whose surgeryin December, 2009, was undisclosed to the media for nearly two months. Thisyear its a lot stronger. Sanchez had been playing catch three times a week over mostof the winter as he worked through some crankiness. Hes up to five times perweek now, extending out as far as 140 feet. Im throwing as good as I have for awhile, he said.But making throws from second base is a different matter.Perhaps no position requires more throws from as many angles, including thosedifficult plays across the body that put extra strain on the shoulder.Sanchez, 34, said doctors and trainers havent told himwhether he should expect to get back all his previous arm strength. But theywarned him that he probably wouldnt be 100 percent until his one-year anniversaryfrom surgery in August.As long as I can get out there and make throws, Im fine,he said. I wont be out there worrying about it or throwing soft or not divingfor balls. Ideally, Sanchez would get plenty of innings this spring tobuild timing and rapport with shortstop Brandon Crawford. They have startedonly 12 career games together.
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At least hitting is not an issue for Sanchez, as it was withhis left shoulder. Sanchez said he could DH the first game of the spring March3. Even if he has to wait a few weeks to begin playing second base, he couldkeep getting at-bats by leading off every inning in minor league scrimmages.

Former Giants infielder replaces Dodgers' star shortstop on NLCS roster

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Former Giants infielder replaces Dodgers' star shortstop on NLCS roster

LOS ANGELES — Shortstop Corey Seager has been left off the Los Angeles Dodgers' roster for the NL Championship Series against the Chicago Cubs.

The Dodgers announced Seager's surprise omission due to a back injury on Saturday, several hours before Game 1 at Dodger Stadium.

Los Angeles also dropped reliever Pedro Baez from its roster. Infielder Charlie Culberson and outfielder Joc Pederson were added.

Chicago made only one change from the last playoff round, adding reliever Hector Rondon and removing reliever Justin Wilson.

Seager complained of back soreness during the Dodgers' NL Division Series clincher in Arizona on Monday, and 2016 NL Rookie of the Year didn't participate in team workouts this week. Still, manager Dave Roberts said Friday that he was very optimistic that Seager would play in the NLCS.

Seager was an All-Star selection this season while batting .295 with 22 homers and 77 RBIs as a key part of the top of the Dodgers' lineup.

Kike Hernandez, Chris Taylor and Culberson all worked out at shortstop Friday for the Dodgers. The versatile Taylor was the Dodgers' center fielder during the NLDS, but he made 96 appearances in the outfield this season and 44 in the infield, including 14 games at shortstop.

Pederson is batting .071 with no homers since July, but the Dodgers could need him in center field if Taylor plays shortstop.

Culberson famously homered to clinch the Dodgers' NL West title in announcer Vin Scully's final home game last season, but the infielder spent most of this season at Triple-A, appearing in only 14 games for the Dodgers.

Rondon was the Cubs' closer in 2014 and 2015, but moved to a setup role last season after Aroldis Chapman's arrival. He appeared in 61 regular-season games this year, going 4-1 with a 4.24 ERA in an up-and-down campaign.

Chicago acquired Wilson in a trade with Detroit on July 31, adding a veteran left-handed reliever who had 13 saves for the Tigers this season. The Southern California native wasn't great in his two months with the Cubs, posting a 5.09 ERA with 19 walks in 23 appearances.

Manager Joe Maddon chose Wilson for the NLDS over Rondon, only to switch it up against the Dodgers.

Bochy, Giants issue statement following manager's heart procedure

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Bochy, Giants issue statement following manager's heart procedure

Bruce Bochy's minor offseason heart procedure went as planned, the team announced Friday afternoon. 

In a message passed along to beat reporters, Bochy said "the procedure went extremely well and I'm feeling better. I'm grateful for the doctors and want to thank everyone who has reached out with well wishes."

Bochy, 62, had an ablation procedure to help him deal with heart issues that have plagued him in recent years. The operation was his second of the year, but it was considered minor enough that it could be pushed back to the end of the season.

Cleveland's Terry Francona had a similar procedure this year and returned to manage, and Bochy has left no doubt about his future. 

“I don’t want anyone to think this has an effect on my work, or ability to work,” Bochy said last week. “This is something that is not uncommon.”