SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 06: Freddy Sanchez #21 of the San Francisco Giants celebrates after the game winning hit in the 13th inning against the Washington Nationals during an MLB game at AT&T Park on June 6, 2011 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

Freddy Sanchez Injury: Back Surgery Ends Season, Possibly Giants Career

Freddy Sanchez's carrer in San Francisco is likely over after having back surgery. For more on the Giants, head on over to McCovey Chronicles.

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Freddy Sanchez Injury: 2B To Have Season-Ending Back Surgery, Giants Career Likely Over

Well, the news for San Francisco Giants second baseman Freddy Sanchez has gone from bad, to worse, to the absolute worst as it was reported on Thursday that he underwent back surgery to remove part of a disc in his back, completely removing all hope of returning to baseball this season, or the Giants in general for that matter.

According to CSN Bay Area's Andrew Baggarly the surgery went as expected for Sanchez, but still comes as a very sad note to a injury-plagued career with San Francisco.

"Well, he's out for the year," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "It's been a long road for Freddy. I know he's disappointed. He certainly played a critical role in our success in 2010. He helped us win a World Series."

Sanchez was huge in the 2012 postseason for San Francisco, becoming the first player in major league history to hit three doubles in his first World Series game as well as his monumental two-out, ninth-inning single in Game 3 of the NLDS at Atlanta, which kept the game alive. Aubrey Huff hit a game-tying single afterwards, then the Giants won on Brooks Conrad's error.

In terms of returning to the club, Bruce Bochy wasn't going to speculate:

"You don't know what happens when the season's over," Bochy said. "We still remain optimistic, but this is a definite that we won't have him all year."

Freddy was a three time All-Star with the Pirates and won the NL batting title in 2006.

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Freddy Sanchez Injury Update: Is He Ever Coming Back?

According to a report for CSN Ba Area's Andrew Baggarly, San Francisco Giants second baseman is now having problems with his back on top of his shoulder issues he already has.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Sanchez had an MRI exam on his lower back, which locked up and prevented the former All-Star from resuming his rehab work. Sanchez already had been recalled from his minor league rehab assignment with Single-A San Jose before playing an inning at second base because of more shoulder pain.

"I just saw him in Arizona and his back was bothering him a little bit," Bochy said. "It got worse. He's at the point where he can't do anything because of his back."

His back may be a compensation injury for his weakened shoulder, but any way you slice it it's not looking good for Freddy's return. The team was hopeful that he could see some time at third base in Pablo Sandoval's absence, but his back is keeping him form any baseball related activities at the moment.

Sanchez is set to earn $6 million in 2012, the final year of his contract. He hasn't played since June 8, 2011 when he dislocated his shoulder diving for a ball a the top of the diamond. He had surgery to stabilize his shoulder capsule last August.

Charlie Culberson, Joaquin Arias and Emmanuel Burriss are the Giants' current options at second base with Ryan Theriot still out with a nagging elbow.

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Freddy Sanchez Injury Update: Is Third Base In Freddy's Future?

The San Francisco Giants have been missing Freddy Sanchez since last summer as he continues to grind along in his rehabilitation from shoulder surgery. And with Pablo Sandoval missing a month or so more, the Giants are looking at creative ways to get the 2006 NL batting champion back in the Giants lineup.

Via the San Jose Mercury News' Alex Pavlovic on Twitter:

Those seven innings were in a extended training camp game, and according to Andrew Baggarly, made only one throw that Bruce Bochy deemed 'ok.' There is no time table for another rehab assignment at this point.

I don't know how much you can glean from all this but it seems like this is a bit of an emergency move to try and get him back, especially seeing that he's already missed a significant chunk of this season already. If second base isn't going to work in the short term, I'd say he'd be a better replacement for Pablo that Conor Gilaspie.

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Questions Abound For Aubrey Huff, Freddy Sanchez

Even after their feel-good win on Sunday afternoon against the Milwaukee Brewers, the San Francisco Giants are still a team riddle with issues. Two of their biggest riddles at moment are Aubrey Huff and Freddy Sanchez, and just what (and where) they can contribute to the lineup.

Obviously two veteran bats in a lineup currently loaded with Fresno's finest would be an upgrade, but they have to be productive, and of course healthy. But these two 2010 World Series stalwart's are currently giving up many more questions than answers.

One person who would like an answer soon is CSN Bay Area's Ray Ratto who feels that both men may be losing

Both Sanchez and Huff are problematic, because both Sanchez' shoulder and Huff's panic attacks have been hard to pinpoint, let alone control. Huff's post-World Series experience has been largely poor, between the constant demands for Brandon Belt, the dissatisfaction from the home folks, and the expectations he never knew in his years among baseball's seedier underbelly.

And Sanchez is rapidly becoming a hologram of the good old days as well, to the point where one wonders if he can ever play second base again.

Ratto goes on to suggest Sanchez possibly playing some third base if he can, which certainly wouldn't be a permanent fix with Pablo Sandoval back in 4-6 weeks or so. Nevertheless his continual cycle of setbacks with his shoulder when it comes to making throws is highly concerning.

As for Huff, it will be interesting how they handle him in the lineup, especially if someone like Gregor Blanco keeps playing well. Would Bochy put a struggling Huff in the lineup over a hot Blanco (or dare say Brandon Belt)? I could certainly see it happening.

I don't know the answers to these two Giant questions, though we could have some semblance of an answer on Huff, as he could see some playing time against the Dodgers. As for Sanchez, it's still anyone's guess.

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Freddy Sanchez Injury Update: Giants 2B Has MRI On Shoulder During Rehab Assignment

The San Francisco Giants had a positive outlook on the injury of their second baseman Freddy Sanchez last week. Sanchez, who has been out since last season after suffering a shoulder injury, had started a rehab assignment with the San Jose Giants. The rehab program was supposed to last 18 days, after which Sanchez would join the Giants for a series against the Arizona Diamondbacks. With each day, that looks less and less likely to work out.

Sanchez received an official setback earlier in the week, but some more troubling news emerged on Friday in San Jose. Carl Steward of the San Jose Mercury News sent this tweet:

Followed by this one:

The more news that comes out, the bleaker the situation seems. While it is entirely possible that Sanchez could be back in weeks or months, there is a very real chance that he could be nearing the end of his career as a result of this injury.

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Freddy Sanchez Injury Update: Shoulder Stiffness Could Push Giants Debut Back

San Francisco Giants second baseman Freddy Sanchez must be getting sick and tired of the word 'setback' when it comes to his return from shoulder surgery, but unfortunately he suffered another after complaining of tightness in his right shoulder, possibly pushing his reutrn to the club back even further.

Sanchez was scheduled to DH for Single-A San Jose Wednesday night before the rains came in and washed out the game, and is yet to play any second base in his rehab assignment at all.

Skipper Bruce Bochy and the Giants medical staff had an 18 day 'road map' to his recovery and return to the Blak and Orange, though that might have to be pushed back a but now. He was scheduled to return May 11 against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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Freddy Sanchez Injury: Giants 2B Goes 2-4 With 3 RBI In Second Rehab Start In San Jose

San Francisco Giants second baseman Freddy Sanchez has been making the most of his at bats with Single-A San Jose as part of his rehab from shoulder surgery, playing a main role in the Giants 9-5 victory over the High Desert Mavericks.

Sanchez went 2-4 with two singles and three RBI as part of the Giants' 17 hit, come from behind victory Tuesday night, including the key two-run hit to break the game open for San jose in the sixth inning. He is now 3-7 in the designated hitter role, but still is yet to graduate to playing time at second base.

Sanchez will get some more action Wednesday night as the Giants series with the Mavericks continues at Municipal Stadium. First pitch is set for 7 p.m. PT. Tickets for that game are available here.

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Freddy Sanchez Injury: Giants 2B Goes 1-For-3 In Rehab Debut

Freddy Sanchez is well on his way to returning to the lineup, though the San Francisco Giants are not rushing him, mapping out an 18-day rehab assignment with the San Jose Giants before bringing him back on their target date of May 11, when the team plays the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Sanchez got his rehab assignment started on Monday, following a setback that pushed it back once again. He was the designated hitter for San Jose and went 1-for-3 in that role. It wasn't the greatest start, but at least Sanchez was able to make contact. It's great to see him actually playing baseball again, as he's been totally inactive since major shoulder surgery last August.

Sanchez told Comcast SportsNet "Words can't describe how much I want to get back up there."

And he's definitely needed at this point. Any time you see Aubrey Huff at second base (and then rush to cover first base while he's supposed to be on second), you're in trouble. Right now, the Giants don't have much at second, while they have four or five guys they're comfortable with at first. Emmanuel Burriss is holding down the fort much better than previously anticipated, but he's no Freddy Sanchez.

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Freddy Sanchez Aiming To Debut On May 11

Freddy Sanchez has been out since midway through last season, when he dislocated his shoulder on June 10 and had season-ending surgery a few months later. Sanchez has been recovering that shoulder since that point, and he wasn't quite ready to get back into action when the season started.

It appears Sanchez might be getting ready to come back now. Andrew Baggarly of CSN Bay Area filed this report.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy said the club has mapped out an 18-day schedule for Sanchez’s minor league rehab assignment, which begins Monday night for Single-A San Jose. Sanchez, who had surgery in August to stabilize his dislocated right shoulder, needs to get regular at-bats in addition to strengthening his shoulder.

He’s expected to DH for a few days before he plays second base.

Sanchez really needs to get back in the lineup, particularly if he can replicate his production as a starting second baseman. Emmanuel Burriss is hitting .294 as Sanchez's replacement, but he has no extra base hits and has relied mainly on singles. Sanchez can provide more diversified pop.

Sanchez's first rehab assignment is tonight as a DH for San Jose at 7:00 p.m.

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Freddy Sanchez Injury: Giants Second Baseman Begins Single-A Rehab Assignment Monday

As the San Francisco Giants continue to play musical chairs at the second base position between Ryan Theriot and Emmanuel Burriss, CSN Bay Area's Andrew Baggarly is reporting that Freddy Sanchez will be taking part in a rehab assignment with the single A San Jose Giants on Monday as the DH, hoping to see time in the infield later this week.

Sanchez has still not been able to get full strength back in his surgically repaired shoulder he suffered last summer, missing almost all of Spring Training as well.

The minor league assignment is a certainly a good sign, meaning the team feels he can be ready to face big league pitching within the next month or so. He will likely graduate to Triple-A Fresno before returning to the Giants though.

"I don't think I'll put Huff at second hopefully anytime soon," said Giants manager Bruce Bochy, probably echoing the wishes of thousands.

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Freddy Sanchez Injury Update: 'Minor' Setback Suffered By Second Baseman

Freddy Sanchez suffered a "minor" setback according to San Francisco Giants manager Brian Bochy on Monday per Andrew Baggarly from CSN Bay Area.

Sanchez felt soreness while making a throw in an extended spring game at Scottsdale on Monday. He was scheduled to play seven innings but came out after four.

"It's nothing major," Bochy said. "Just enough to back him off playing for a day or two."

The Giants second baseman was supposed to begin his rehab assignment and join the Giants Single-A affiliate on Tuesday.

Sanchez was originally scheduled to return in late April, but his timetable appears like it will be pushed back a tad bit due to this recent development.

The Giants placed Sanchez on the 15-day DL in late March, before the beginning of their season. Sanchez's surgically repaired shoulder was still causing pain in his minor league rehab games. Sanchez was a critical piece to the Giants' 2010 World Series squad, but has seen limited action since dislocating his shoulder in early June last year.

Currently the second base spot has been occupied by Emmanuel Burris who is currently hitting .333 in six games for San Francisco.

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Giants Spring Training 2012: Ryan Vogelsong, Freddy Sanchez Placed on DL

According to CSN Bay Area's Andrew Baggarly, the San Francisco Giants have placed a number of players on the DL to begin the season, including second baseman Freddy Sanchez and starting pitcher Ryan Vogelsong.

Per Andrew Baggarly on Twitter:

This will give Freddy the few extra weeks to heal up and get as close to 100 percent as he possibly can. His surgically repaired shoulder has been coming along much slower than the team would have liked, but hopefully will be ready to go in a few weeks. He's been getting AB's in minor leauge games and recently had a cortisone shot in his nagging shoulder as well.

As for Vogelsong, his back strain suffered early in camp will haunt him a little bit into the season, though Vogelsong recently made his Cactus League debut and is slated to get the opening day start for the Fresno Grizzlies. His stint on the DL will end just in time to pitch in the opening series at AT&T Park against the Pirates, likely the April 15th matchup.

Pitchers Eric Surkamp and Dan Runzler will start on the DL as well, limiting the Giants pitching depth to start the season. Neither were likely to make the opening day roster, but were seen as backups if and when injures occured. Hopefully they won't be long on the DL either.

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Giants Spring Training: Freddy Sanchez, Ryan Vogelsong Likely To Start Season On DL

According to the San Jose Mercury News Alex Pavlovic, San Francisco Giants second baseman Freddy Sanchez and starting pitcher Ryan Vogelsong will both likely start the 2012 season on the disabled list, bringing another interesting twist to some positional battles this spring.

"It's fair to say," Sanchez will start on the DL, Bochy said. "Nothing official yet, but we're at the stage where that's a strong possibility."

Freddy is scheduled to make his debut at second base in a minor league game this weekend, but his surgically repaired shoulder has not progressed as quickly as all would have hoped, and is certainly under the gun to be ready for opening day. The team figures it better to err on the side of caution with the 2006 NL batting champion than try an push him.

The duo of Mike Fontenot and Ryan Theriot could see some more action if Freddy is on the DL to start the year, but Emmanuel Burriss has been stellar so far this spring, batting .436 in 39 at bats with five stolen bases and five strikeouts. He's averaged a hit a game that he's played in, while his speed makes him more valuable in the infield and on the bathpaths.

As for Vogelsong, he threw on Friday but Bochy noted that they "don't want to push him" figuring on a April 15th start against the San Diego Padres to be his first start of the year. That technically would make him the fifth starter behind Lincecum Bumgarner, Cain, and Zito, effectively spitting up the lefties, and keeps the team from having to call anyone up because of an off day the first week of the season. We'll see how Bochy re-shuffles the rotation later on in the season.

"We're being cautious and (Vogelsong) knows that," Bochy said, "He's on his way, but we'll take it slow with him."

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Freddy Sanchez Injury: Giants Second Baseman Might Not Be Ready For Opening Day

For a large part of his career with teh Black and Orange Freddy Sanchez has been hampered by injuries, and this offseason and spring have been so different, working through his surgically repaired throwing shoulder to get himself back into game shape.

But according to CSN Bay Area's Andrew Baggarly, who wrote about the chance of him not being ready for opening day for the San Francisco Giants.

"I guess you have to say it's a possibility," Bochy said Sunday. "We're down to two weeks and he hasn't gotten out there yet. We're still optimistic we'll get him out there, but each day that goes by, the possibility grows a little bit that he's not going to be ready."

Sanchez has been ramping up his efforts at making athletic throws in the infield, really his last hurdle to clear before getting into some game action, though it hasn't been as smooth of a process as the team or Sanchez would like. Bochy told Sanchez he looked tentative still when trying to turn double plays and the like, but could see some game action in the field later on this week if all goes well in practice.

"Once he takes good infield and feels he can play in a game, we'll throw him out there," said Bochy.

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Freddy Sanchez Injury: San Francisco Giants Second Baseman Back Flares

San Francisco Giants second baseman Freddy Sanchez was performing at a solid clip last season before he got injured last year and couldn't come back.

Although it's early, this is a bit of a worrying sign. Sanchez says his back is causing him problems.

If the back heals up, Sanchez is in pretty good shape in general to make a splash if he returns. Alex Pavolvic of the Bay Area News Group reports that almost everything else seems to be a go, particularly the shoulder that sidelined him last season.

Sanchez is a quality second baseman who really needs to be on the field as much as possible if the Giants offense is to be maximally efficient. The Giants struggled at the plate last year once Sanchez went down, leaving them absolutely reliant on their pitching to win baseball games, and that won't be enough to help them get their second World Series in three years.

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