Sanchez works on strength, Posey returns home


Sanchez works on strength, Posey returns home

Giants head athletic trainer Dave Groeschner expects bothBuster Posey and Freddy Sanchez to be ready to start for the Giants on OpeningDay.Posey is working his way back from a fractured left ankle sustained in ahomeplate collision in May while Sanchez is rehabbing a shoulder injury.Groeschner said that Posey has left the Giants' facility in Arizona to take a break from a rigorousrehab schedule."He's been rehabbing hard for the last four or fivemonths, so we just need to give him a mental and physical break for the nexttwo or three weeks and we'll pick it up after Thanksgiving and kind of get himinto a normal conditioning phase like the rest of the guys."Posey's recent progress includes catching bullpen sessions,taking batting practice, and running in curves around the edge of the infield."He's been catching on and off for a while now and you can have him catchballs off the machine," Groeschner said."He's caught up to 60pitches in a bullpen session."While Groeschner said that Posey was ahead of schedule inhis rehab, he also acknowledged that the rigors of catching may require theGiants' top draft pick in 2008 to rest more in spring training and beyond."We'll have to see how he is when he comes to springtraining," Groeschner said. "We'll definitely back him off in springtraining and kind of build him up towards the season. We may give him morescheduled days off and then as the season goes on, we will see how he'sresponding and feeling and adjust accordingly week-by-week,month-by-month."Unlike Posey, Sanchez is still in Arizona,where he lives, working on building strength before spring training."Freddy's doing well," Groeschner said. "He'sbeen in Arizonarehab since the surgery and at this point, he's now in the strengthening phase,which is going well. He's feeling good, he's bouncing back, and he's going tostart throwing in December."Groeschner said that the shoulder issue Sanchez is rehabbing from is morelikely to affect him on defense than at the plate.Our main concern is getting him ready to throw, Groeschner said. If we canget him throwing and feeling good, then the swinging will come later.Groeschner said that the team hopes to have Sanchez ready tostart at second base on Opening Day.He'll be on a regimented plan in spring training that Idesigned, trying to get him ready for April 5th.
Rael Enteen is a web producer with Comcast SportsNet Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @RaelEnteenCSN

Former Giants infielder replaces Dodgers' star shortstop on NLCS roster


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


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.”