Freddy Sanchez still not giving up on a 2012 return


Freddy Sanchez still not giving up on a 2012 return

PHOENIX Second baseman Freddy Sanchez, his career derailedby shoulder and back surgeries, still hasnt given up on playing for the Giantsthis season.

Thats right. This season. As in 2012.

The three-time All-Star second baseman and 2006 NL batting champion hasnt played sinceJune 10, 2011, when he dislocated his right shoulder while diving for a groundball. He never made it out of spring training this season because of ongoingshoulder issues, and then back surgery in July to address a compressed nerve.

But Sanchez continues to work out daily at the Giants complexin nearby Scottsdale, hell compete with prospects in instructional league whengames begin on Monday, and although its an unlikely goal, he has an eye towardmaking himself an option off the bench for the Giants down the stretch.

Theres obviously no room right now and everybody is doinggreat, so I realize its a tough situation, Sanchez told me by phone onFriday. Ryan Theriot, Joaquin Arias, Marco Scutaro, all those guys have beenthere and are playing great. Sometimes you cant mess with that.

But my goal was to always come back this year. If I can bea bat off the bench, or help in any way, I want to be there.

Sanchez, 34, only played in 60 games after signing atwo-year, 12 million extension following the Giants World Series championshipseason in 2010. Sanchez had several key hits during that title run, none biggerthan his two-out, two-strike, ninth-inning single off Atlantas Craig Kimbrelin Game 3 of the NL Division Series; later on, Sanchez became the first playerin history to double three times in his first World Series game.

All parties expected Sanchez to begin the season as thestarting second baseman this year, but he responded slowly following surgery tostabilize his right shoulder capsule. Then he required back surgery July 5 fora nerve issue that robbed him of leg strength.

My quad just atrophied, said Sanchez, who tried rehabbingit for three weeks with no improvement. There are times Id try to walk and itwould shut down on me. But the recovery has gone a lot better than we couldvehoped for. The nerve just needed time to regrow, and running is the only issue.I had my best day running on Wednesday.

Sanchez is hitting in the cage, playing catch and goingthrough his daily rehab protocol at the Giants complex. Hes a free agentafter this season, and while he is quick to express confidence that hell beable to play second base again, that isnt his current ambition.

Thats what Im fighting for, man, he said. Just pinchhit here or there.

But why bother?

Here was his answer:

Ill never forget (Giants GM) Brian Sabean, after Idislocated my shoulder, he said, I wouldnt bet against him coming back,Sanchez said. Unfortunately, it was what it was. But the fact he believed inme and had faith in me Id keel over before Id stop trying to come back. Iowe the Giants everything. The fans, the organization, everyone has been sogood to me. They traded for me. They signed me to an extension. I couldnt comeback for them the first time, but Im trying to do it now.

So, is it likely?

No, but you never rule anything out, Giants head athletictrainer Dave Groeschner said. Hes just trying to get better. Its been a longyear for him. In typical Freddy fashion, hes doing everything he can to pushforward. Hes recovered really well.

Sanchez will be examined by Giants orthopedist Dr. KenAkizuki on Thursday and hopes to begin playing in instructional league gameswith minor league prospects when action begins in 100-degree heat on Monday.

I give him a lot of credit because hes worked reallyhard, Groeschner said. He couldve slow-played it, but hes pretty determinedto push and try to get back. Its easy to say, Ill rest until the offseason.He wants to be a player again.

Its highly unlikely. But we still have three weeks left,and maybe three weeks after that. Were just trying to get him better, whetherhe plays for the Giants again or another team.

There is one more factor driving Sanchez. Well, 2.29 millionof them, actually.

Thats the number of All-Star votes that Sanchez received tofinish fourth among NL second basemen.It was fodder for comedy and columnists at the time. It meant much moreto Sanchez.

That, right there, is what made me fall in love with SanFrancisco, Sanchez said. You talk about fan loyalty how can you beat that?

Report: Giants discussed Panik, top prospects in potential Stanton trade


Report: Giants discussed Panik, top prospects in potential Stanton trade

On Monday morning, some important details emerged.

The Giants discussed Joe Panik and top prospects Tyler Beede and Chris Shaw with the Marlins in a potential trade for Giancarlo Stanton, according to sports radio host Craig Mish.

Last week, San Francisco reportedly made an actual offer for Stanton.

The Giants selected Beede, 24, in the first round (14th overall) of the 2014 draft.

The right-handed pitcher went 6-7 with a 4.79 ERA over 19 starts in Triple-A last season.

[RELATED: Healthy Tyler Beede shows why he's Giants' top pitching prospect]

The Orange and Black took Shaw, 24, in the first round (31st overall) of the 2015 draft.

In 37 games for Double-A Richmond in 2017, he hit .301 with six home runs and 29 RBI.

He was promoted to Triple-A and hit .289 with 18 home runs and 50 RBI in 88 games.

Shaw recently played in the Arizona Fall League, but only saw action in five games because of a sore shoulder.

Duffy family cat, Skeeter, passes away at 15

Matt Duffy/Instagram

Duffy family cat, Skeeter, passes away at 15

We have some sad news to report.

Skeeter, the lovable four-legged member of Matt Duffy's family, passed away in Long Beach on Saturday night. He was 15 years old.

Duffy made the news public with an Instagram post on Sunday evening.

"Even when it's expected, losing a member of the family is never easy. Sometimes you'd forget this little guy was even a cat. After 15 awesome years, last night we had to say goodbye to Skeeter boy. Thank you for all the love and support that Skeets has gotten over the past couple of years. Our furry little light has gone dark," Duffy wrote.

Skeeter, slightly overweight for his size, stole the hearts of Giants fans after Duffy made his debut with the Giants in August of 2014.

When Duffy was traded to the Tampa Bay Rays at the 2016 trade deadline, Skeeter remained in California with Duffy's parents.