SCOTTSDALE, Ariz -- With two and a half weeks left in the Cactus season, players are starting to hit their stride. The light at the end of the tunnel is visible, and players are talking about feeling ready for the regular season.
But for second baseman Freddy Sanchez, who has yet to play in the field for the Giants this spring, time is starting to run out.
"We're down to two weeks and we haven't gotten him out there yet," manager Bruce Bochy said assessing Sanchez's status regarding the Opening Day roster. "We're still optimistic that he will get out there and be ready, but each day goes by, sure, that possibility grows a little bit of him not being ready."
Sanchez, 34, is recovering from a dislocated shoulder that ended his season last June. He's made four appearances as a designated hitter, going 5-for-18 (.278), but he hasn't gotten the green light for his infield work yet. Bochy remains hopeful of getting Sanchez in his first game at second base in the coming week.
"I'd say doubtful on Tuesday," Bochy said of a debut date in the field. "Once he takes a good infield and feels like he can play in a game, that's when we'll put him out there, but we're not at that point yet. We're not going to know tomorrow [on the off-day]. Tuesday he may come in and feel great and take infield, but we'll probably wait until the next day if that's the case."
In Sanchez's absence, Emmanuel Burriss has made a strong push for consideration. He's played more innings than any other Giant at second, while also getting in games at short, third, and in left. He's hitting .441 (15-for-34) with five doubles and a triple.
"Manny's playing well," Bochy said. "We'll meet after the day off and reevaluate where we're at. Freddy Sanchez will play a part in this when we can get him out there. Manny's playing some good ball."