Confirmed: Giants' Sanchez to rehab, avoid surgery


June 17, 2011


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Mychael Urban

Giants second baseman Freddy Sanchez received a second opinion on his right shoulder injury Wednesday in Arizona, has learned from a source close to the situation.The second opinion came from Dr. Gary Waslewski, the doctor who performed a previous surgery on Sanchez's left shoulder. Waslewski confirmed the first doctor's diagnosis.Sanchez and the Giants will stick with their plan to rehab the shoulder and avoid surgery. Surgery would likely end Sanchez's season, and the team hopes that, through rehab, they can get him back in action as quickly as one month down the road.REWIND: F. Sanchez to rehab, put off season-ending surgery
If rehabilitation does not work as they hope, surgery is still an option.Sanchez suffered the dislocated shoulder that includes a damaged labrum and a stretched capsule when he dove for an up-the-middle ground ball on June 10 against the Reds.Sanchez was hitting .289 with three home runs and 24 RBI before the injury.Giants GM Brian Sabean didn't wait around long, signing veteran Bill Hall, released a week prior by the last-place Houston Astros, to spell Sanchez at second.
REWIND: Giants sign Bill Hall to replace Freddy SanchezThe Giants hope that Hall can pick up where last year's veteran acquisitions left off. Pat Burrell and Cody Ross, both midseason pickups, played key roles in the Giants' World Series Championship.

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