SAN FRANCISCO -- Discomfort in Freddy Sanchez's surgically repaired right shoulder prompted the Giants on Friday to withdraw the second baseman from his Minor League injury rehabilitation stint for five days.
Sanchez, who dislocated his shoulder last June 10, said at AT&T Park that he felt "a shooting sensation" through the area Monday or Tuesday while trying to turn double plays in pregame drills with the Giants' Class A San Jose affiliate. He had been scheduled to begin playing second base for San Jose on Wednesday.
"I've had so many setbacks, or whatever you want to call them, but it hasn't set me back to zero," Sanchez said. "I feel like it'll take only a few days to get back to where I was. ... When I do come back, I want to be able to produce, not come back just to come back."
When Sanchez returns to action, he will continue to serve as a designated hitter until doctors clear him to throw from second base. Though that toss covers a short distance, it taxes an infielder's arm because each throw must be released quickly, particularly on double plays.
Sanchez took grounders during batting practice before the Giants' series opener against San Diego but didn't try double-play relays. After batting practice, Giants team orthopedist Ken Akizuki was scheduled to visit Sanchez and discuss the results of the MRI he underwent Friday. Results of the examination weren't immediately available.
Adequate health has eluded Sanchez, who has appeared in only 196 regular-season games since the Giants acquired him from Pittsburgh shortly before the 2009 Trade Deadline.
"There's been several times when I felt like I've been right there," he said. "Sometimes it's just taking one throw that either inflames it or I tweak it again. ... It's definitely disappointing, frustrating. It's like a mental roller coaster, almost, trying to stay positive."