Catcher Sanchez getting practice at first base

Catcher Sanchez getting practice at first base

SAN FRANCISCO -- Catcher Hector Sanchez has begun taking ground balls and throws at first base as part of manager Bruce Bochy's continuing effort to add roster flexibility.

A permanent position change is not imminent for Sanchez. Rather, Bochy said, inserting Sanchez at first could be a late-inning option. Fortunately for the Giants, Sanchez wouldn't be a novice at that spot. He played 46 games at first in the Minors -- fitting the profile of many catchers, who have experience playing the infield or outfield corners.

Though Sanchez has started eight of San Francisco's 22 games, including Sunday's series finale against San Diego, Bochy emphasized that the club remains committed to Buster Posey as its primary catcher.

"We want to keep Buster behind the plate as much we need to," Bochy said.

Posey has started four games at first base when Sanchez has caught. That number is likely to increase while Aubrey Huff remains on the 15-day disabled list with an anxiety disorder. Huff is eligible for reinstatement on May 7.