In what Giants hope is the last story of its kind they see this year, manager Bruce Bochy confirmed that second baseman Freddy Sanchez had arthroscopic shoulder on his shoulder and his status for Opening Day could be in doubt.
Another report says that Sanchez’s procedure took place in late December with an original recovery time set at eight weeks. That would have had Sanchez returning to the field shortly after the Giants began their spring training schedule. But now, he has had a setback that has put his status for opening day in doubt.
This is the same shoulder that was bothering Sanchez prior to his trade from Pittsburgh to San Francisco, so that is of some concern. The fact that the Giants attempted to keep this procedure under wraps has led some to conclude that he almost certainly won’t be ready by Opening Day and may remain out until May. However, that’s just speculation.
Another school of thought is that the Giants wanted to keep Sanchez’s surgery quiet so that it couldn’t be used as leverage against the Giants by agents representing free-agent infielders the Giants wanted to sign or re-sign.
If this timeline is correct, the Giants re-signed Juan Uribe about a week or two after Sanchez had this procedure done. And that’s the good news for the Giants. If Sanchez is not ready to go by early April, they can easily plug Uribe in at second base every day until Sanchez is ready to go.
The Giants were looking for a way to get Uribe in the lineup every day, as the recent signings of Aubrey Huff and now Bengie Molina made that goal a little tougher. Now Uribe will get all of the spring and perhaps some of the regular season to establish his bat in the lineup.
In a surprise move, the Giants are expected to announce Friday that catcher Bengie Molina has re-signed with the club for one year at $4.5 million.
It was previously thought that Molina and the Giants were going to part ways this offseason as the veteran catcher was seeking a multi-year deal.
Given Molina’s age and the fact that the Giants had their catcher-in-waiting in Buster Posey, the Giants were not prepared to offer Molina a multi-year deal.
In recent weeks, it appeared that the Mets were all set to sign Molina. But Molina was still seeking a multi-year deal and the Mets apparently were not ready to give him. Figuring that if he was only going to get a one-year deal, it might as well be with the Giants.
This signing instantly boosts the Giants’ other offseason moves. While it appeared the Giants would simply be treading water with the signings of Mark DeRosa and Aubrey Huff, the addition of Molina gives the lineup of 2010 a definite improvement over 2009.
Consider the potential lineup for 2010 compared to the lineup at the start of 2009.
Pos 2010 lineup 2009 lineup
C — Bengie Molina Bengie Molina
1B–Aubrey Huff Travis Ishikawa/Rich Aurilia
2B–Freddy Sanchez Emmanuel Burriss/Eugenio Velez
SS-Edgar Renteria Edgar Renteria
3B-Pablo Sandoval Pablo Sandoval
LF-Mark DeRosa Fred Lewis
CF-Aaron Rowand Aaron Rowand
RF-Nate Schierholtz/ Randy Winn
Two-time Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum will seek a record-breaking salary via arbitration, asking for $13 million.
Tim Lincecum appeared before a judge in Vancouver, Wash., on January 19 and agreed to pay a $513 fine to resolve marijuana charges against him.
The Giants took care of two arbitration eligible players by signing pitchers Brandon Medders and Jonathan Sanchez to one-year deals.
The Giants continued their offseason moves on Jan. 13 by signing first baseman Aubrey Huff to a one-year, $3 million contract.
The Giants re-signed utility man Juan Uribe to a one-year, $3.25 million contract on Jan. 6.