San Francisco Giants backup catcher Hector Sanchez is nursing a right-shoulder injury that he sustained while throwing in Venezuela during winter ball and is unsure when he can start playing in Cactus League games.
The 23-year-old has been taking batting practice but has been unable to throw looking to begin throwing from home to second base on Monday. At this point, the Giants will not rush Sanchez hoping the injury will progress by the start of Opening Day.
Sanchez was a key contributor last season batting .280 in 74 games smacking 61 hits, 15 doubles, three homers, 34 RBI's and scored 22 runs. He recorded 18 multi-hit games, while recording a .295 on-base percentage and .390 slugging percentage reaching a .685 OPS.
The switch-hitter was at his best facing left-handed pitching batting .304 drilling 24 hits, seven doubles and 15 RBI's in 79 at-bats. Sanchez started 48 games at catcher primarily catching Barry Zito, producing a .982 fielding-percentage, committing seven errors and throwing out 12 runners attempting to steal a base.
Sanchez played in four games in the postseason batting .091 with one hit and seven strikeouts in 11 at-bats.
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