Second base depends on Sanchez's progress

Second base depends on Sanchez's progress

Second base depends on Sanchez's progress
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Every day without improvement by Freddy Sanchez is another day of doubt about San Francisco's second-base situation. Sanchez was in the lineup as a DH for a Minor League game Thursday, but has not played in the field since suffering a dislocated shoulder in June.

"A lot depends how close he is, but if he can't go out there and play defense, the best thing to do is start him on the DL and let him work his way back on the field and get him ready to play second base," manager Bruce Bochy said. "It's a lot easier to do that by sending him to Fresno."

The book is far from closed at second, as Sanchez has kept his swing in tune, hitting at a .278 clip (5-for-18). But with two weeks left in Spring Training, it's a tossup whether the disabled list or the lineup is more likely.

Bochy has seen a half-dozen infielders at second, with Emmanuel Burriss and Mike Fontenot each logging 41 innings before the latter's Thursday night start and Ryan Theriot seeing 38. Each has also seen time at shortstop, with Burriss and Theriot each playing some third and Burriss getting a look in left and right.

"Burriss has had a good spring," Bochy said. "Fontenot, of course, Theriot, and I'll throw [Joaquin] Arias in there. I really like what he's done this spring. I put him at short, second and third and he's done a good job. He can handle the bat. He can do some things, so that gives us some depth, too."

One advantage Theriot owns is his right-handed bat. Fontenot is a left-handed hitter and Burriss is a switch-hitter, but Bochy would like to have a good bat at second to help break up the left-handed hitters in his lineup.

"That's a need here; we know it," Bochy said. "[Theriot's] a good hitter. You look at what he's done over his career. He's been fairly consistent. He's hit .300. And lifetime, he's not far from it [at .282]. He can play second, short or third. I think he's a clutch hitter. He got some big hits for the Cardinals and did well in the postseason. It's always great to have that experience. He's part of the mix."