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Shoulder healed, Sanchez swinging freely

Shoulder healed, Sanchez swinging freely

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SAN DIEGO -- If Giants catcher Hector Sanchez has looked like a brand new player since being recalled last month, it's because he feels like one.

Sanchez, who sustained a right shoulder injury while playing in the Venezuelan Winter League last season, said he's feeling fully healthy and uninhibited with his swing. As a result, he's become the solid option behind the plate that he was during the club's 2012 title run.

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"My shoulder feels 100 percent, and I've really been concentrating on my swing," Sanchez said. "I was working in Triple-A, and I started to feel really good, really comfortable, swinging at pitches in the strike zone."

Sanchez drove in three runs in Sunday's win over Arizona, and he went 2-for-4. Since being recalled Aug. 8, Sanchez is hitting .286 in 35 at-bats.

"I don't remember exactly when [it happened], but when my shoulder started feeling good, I started feeling more aggressive," Sanchez said.

After being placed on the disabled list with the strained shoulder, Sanchez was optioned to Triple-A Fresno upon his return, where he played 32 games.

Manager Bruce Bochy said he's seen a noticeable difference in Sanchez's approach at the plate since his return.

"When he came back from Fresno this last time, you could see a difference in the way he was swinging the bat," Bochy said. "The shoulder wasn't affecting him. Watching him throw, I thought, 'This is the Hector that we saw last year.'"

AJ Cassavell is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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