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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.
For more on the Giants, head over to McCovey Chronicles.
The San Francisco Giants need their lineup to be as strong as possible in the coming weeks with Pablo Sandoval on the disabled list. With Aubrey Huff out to an anxiety disorder, the lineup has struggled to consistently score runs. Fortunately for the Giants and manager Bruce Bochy, Huff is expected back sooner rather than later.
According to this story from the AP, the veteran first baseman thinks he'll be ready to go on Monday once his stint on the DL ends.
"I hope so," Huff told The Associated Press. "A lot has been lifted off my chest the last two weeks."
It will be interesting to see how the Giants use Huff. Young first baseman Brandon Belt has played very well since getting regular playing time, and it would be tough for them to bench him in favor of Huff right now, although it has been done in the past. There is also the chance that Huff and Belt share time at first and at the two corner outfield spots, although the defense takes a serious hit when this happens.
The training staff will have to wait and see how Huff progresses over the next 48 hours or so, but it does look like he'll be returning to San Francisco in the very near future.
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Last Wednesday, the Giants placed outfielder Aubrey Huff on the 15-day disabled list with what the team described as 'anxiety'. It's now looking like there will be a rehab stint involved as well, once the 15-day period is up.
Giants GM Brian Sabean appeared on Chronicle Live Tuesday, and noted that he "anticipates there will be some rehab games involved to see how he handles the pressure of that," once Huff is activated.
Manager Bruce Botchy watched Huff take some swings in the cages on Tuesday and mentioned, "He looked pretty good. He looks like he's in a good frame of mind. He still has time on the DL but it's important he gets his works in so he's ready when he can return."
Huff released a statement last week, thanking the fans, media and the Giants for giving him a chance to get the help he needed. Hopefully the time off works wonders and he can get back onto the diamond.
San Francisco Giants first baseman Aubrey Huff spoke with San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy recently about how he's doing dealing with his anxiety issues, which Bochy noted that he is doing well during this trying time:
"We had a pretty normal conversation," Bochy said. "He talked about continuing to work out, staying in shape, taking some swings. We didn't go into his situation as much as I just checked on him. We talked about the team. We're behind him and hope for the best."
Bochy mentioned that Huff is getting treatment somewhere in the Bay Area. Huff was seen exiting the batting cage prior to Saturday's game.
As for the first base situation, Bochy wasn't too worried:
"We're going to mix it up and hopefully get the matchups," Bochy said of the planned platoon. "These two young guys can help us and they're going to be getting some playing time over there with Huff down. Hopefully they can take advantage of it. You're always for production from that position and I think these two can give it to us."
San Francisco Giants veteran Aubrey Huff is taking some time to get treatment for his anxiety issues, but too the time on Friday to release a statement to the fans, letting them know how much he appreciates their patience and understanding at a time like this.
"Thank you to the fans, media and Giants organization for the outpouring of support during this very difficult week. I'm especially grateful for the texts and calls from my teammates, who are like my brothers and have let me know they're here for me.
My goal is to get back on the field as soon as possible. To do that, I have to focus completely on getting well. I know I'm in a public job, and I've been one of the more open guys. But sometimes you have to pull back and work on things in private. This is one of those times.
I appreciate your understanding and patience.''
Best of luck to Mr. Huff and a speedy recovery as well.
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According to a report from CSN Bay Area's Andrew Baggarly, the San Francisco Giants have placed Aubrey Huff on the 15-day DL with what the team is calling anxiety.
Manger Bruce Bochy adressed the media before Wednesday's matchup with the Cincinnati Reds, letting everyone know the news, and that Huff is undergoing treatment and will be back with the club when the return to San Francisco for their series with the San Diego Padres.
The 35-year old Huff was hitting only .182 in 12 games he'd played, along with one home run in 33 at-bats this season.
Joaquin Arias was recalled from Triple-A Fresno to fill the vacancy on the roster, though with Brandon Belt, Brett Pill and Buster Posey able to spilt time at first base, the Giants don't necessarily need him back anytime soon, but as a fan favorite and member of the 2010 World Series squad, you have to feel bad for the guy and can only wish him the very best and a speedy recovery.
For more on Huff and the rest of the Giants, head over to McCovey Chronicles.
According to a report from San Francisco Chronicles' Hank Schulman, the San Francisco Giants will purchase the contract of triple-A infielder Joaquin Arias to replace Aubrey Huff on the active roster.
In a little more than an hour, the Giants will announce they have purchased the contract of infielder Joaquin Arias from Triple-A Fresno. A corresponding move will be announced later in the afternoon related to Aubrey Huff, who left the team Monday morning and flew home for what has been described as a family emergency.
The Giants could place Huff on the seven-day personal leave list. If this is something more serious involving Huff himself, he could go on the 15-day DL.
Arias, the former Texas Rangers infielder, was very impressive with the glove and right-handed bat this spring, owning a solid arm as well. We'll have more on this as information becomes available.
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Aubrey Huff has been a far cry from his 2010 self, and I'm starting to wonder if he can ever get back.
Aubrey Huff did not rejoin his Giants teammates and will not be available to play Tuesday's series opener at Great American Ball Park as he continues to tend to a personal matter, manager Bruce Bochy said.
Huff's equipment bag sat undisturbed in his locker as his teammates took the field to stretch.
"I don't have any other news to give you," said Bochy, who left a voice message for Huff on Tuesday and also exchanged texts. "It's been four or five days now (playing shorthanded), but we're fine. We have coverage everywhere, we think."
Huff has struggled to start out the season. The infielder is currently hitting .182 to start 2012, with an OBP of .300 and OPS of .633, and at 35 years old might be reaching a downswing in his career. Brandon Belt has been starting for the most part at first base since then, and he's been hitting .231 with an OBP of .333 and OPS of .679. So there's a bit of an upgrade at that spot even with Huff out, although the Giants would sure love depth at the position.
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