NEW YORK -- Hector Sanchez feels ready to play again. That's not the issue.
The ongoing concern regarding Sanchez is his tendency to absorb foul tips, which led to the concussion that sent him to the disabled list on July 26.
To ease the impact of fouls to his head, Sanchez, who already uses a hockey goalie-style mask, has considered switching to a hockey-style mask that has increased padding.
"But," Sanchez said Saturday, "I'll be honest. It's not comfortable."
Many catchers favor the hockey-style mask because it protects more of their cheekbone area. But Giants manager Bruce Bochy, a former Major League catcher, believes that the traditional-style mask absorbs more shock.
Regardless, Sanchez has resumed performing all of the tasks he usually handles, such as catching between-starts workouts in the bullpen and taking batting practice. Bochy indicated that the Giants' brain trust soon will select a date when Sanchez will either rejoin the team or begin a brief injury rehabilitation assignment in the Minors.