Sanchez to get second opinion on shoulder

Sanchez to get second opinion on shoulder

PHOENIX -- Giants second baseman Freddy Sanchez is going to visit with a local surgeon Wednesday for a second opinion on his dislocated right shoulder.

Sanchez said he's still hoping to avoid what could be season-ending surgery.

"I want to play. I want to come back," he said before the Giants played the D-backs in a battle for first place in the National League West at Chase Field. "Hopefully, it will heal itself. If not, we're going to have to take the next step."

Sanchez damaged his labrum and stretched out his shoulder capsule when he made a diving attempt on a ground ball Friday night in San Francisco during a victory over the Reds. An MRI on Saturday confirmed the extent of the injury and Sanchez was placed on the 15-day disabled list.

Sanchez has had surgery on his left shoulder and missed the first six weeks of the 2010 season. That surgery repaired the labrum and the A/C joint and tightened the shoulder ligament on Dec. 23, 2009. Doctors told him he'd be out about six months so he beat that prognosis and returned about 30 days earlier.

It's not certain how long Sanchez will take to recover if he has the surgery on his right shoulder. The local orthopedic surgeon is the same one who did the previous surgeries on Sanchez and knows him better than anybody, he said.

"I have to get with Freddy," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "He's getting another opinion and then he's going to decide what's best for him getting ready to play. That [surgery] is going to be up to him after he gets a second opinion and he sees what's best for his shoulder."