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F. Sanchez 'not close' to rehab stint for Giants

F. Sanchez 'not close' to rehab stint for Giants

F. Sanchez 'not close' to rehab stint for Giants
SAN FRANCISCO -- Freddy Sanchez still remains a ways away from going on a rehab assignment and rejoining the Giants, manager Bruce Bochy said before Wednesday's game against the Dodgers.

"I'll be honest, he's been off the radar a little bit because he's not close," Bochy said. "It's nothing against Freddy, just that when he gets closer to being able to go to rehab, then you'll start paying a little more attention."

It has been more than a year since Sanchez went down with a dislocated right shoulder while diving for a ground ball against the Reds on June 10, 2011. Despite several setbacks in Sanchez's recovery, Bochy and the Giants remain optimistic that the second baseman will return to the team this season.

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"I will say this, though: We haven't lost hope in him coming back," Bochy said. "He certainly has exceeded the time we thought he would take. The only thing you do is continue to do what we've been doing: working out, trying to get back in shape. When he gets closer, we'll keep an eye on him."

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