Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that manager Bruce Bochy says it’s possible that Freddy Sanchez might not be ready for the San Francisco Giants Opener on April 6.
“We’re down to two weeks, and he hasn’t gotten out there yet. We’re still optimistic that 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,” said Bochy.
Sanchez has been getting his swings in as a DH, but hasn’t taken the field in a spring game as of yet. He’s been trying to strengthen his shoulder, and still is throwing tentatively during infield drills. There is 19 days till Opening Day, so let’s hope Sanchez starts to feel more comfortable making throws by then…
Schulman also says the Royals are showing interest in Giants catchers Chris Stewart and Eli Whiteside to replace their injured catcher Salvador Perez.
It’s going to be Stewart or Whiteside that makes this team as Buster Posey‘s backup. Neither one of these guys brings much to the team offensively, so I would give the backup job to Stewart. Trade Whiteside to the Royals where he can catch Jonathan Sanchez. I’m sure Sanchez would love to pitch to a familiar catcher (that caught his no-hitter in 2009).
Keep in mind that if they trade Whiteside or Stewart. The Giants will not get really anything in return. Whoever they decided to trade would be because they’re not making the Opening Day roster.
What’s your thoughts on Sanchez still MIA on the field, and the Royals interest in Whiteside/Stewart?
~King of Cali (Steven)
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