Hector Sanchez C SF 2 months ago

Sanchez has been optioned to Triple-A Sacramento.

Sanchez was sent down to Triple-A Sacramento with Hunter Pence (forearm) activated off the disabled list Saturday. In 31 at-bats this season, Sanchez batted .194 with nine strikeouts.

Hector Sanchez C SF 4 months ago

Sanchez will catch and bat eighth Wednesday against the Diamondbacks, Amy Gutierrez of CSN Bay Area reports.

With Brandon Belt nursing a groin injury, Buster Posey will move out to first base, affording Sanchez his first opportunity to start this season. Sanchez, who has never faced Arizona starter Jeremy Hellickson, came off the bench on Opening Day and went 1-for-2 with a double, an RBI and a strikeout.

Hector Sanchez C SF 4 months ago

Sanchez entered the game as a defensive replacement and went 1-for-2 with a double and an RBI in Tuesday's loss to the Diamondbacks.

Brandon Belt had to leave Tuesday's game with a groin injury, and Joaquin Arias initially replaced him at first base. However, manager Bruce Bochy ended up moving Buster Posey to first and Sanchez behind the plate to start the sixth inning. This situation makes more sense from an offensive standpoint, as Arias doesn't offer much at the plate (.254/.281/.301 in 2014). If Brandon Belt (groin) is forced to go on the DL, Sanchez would probably be the main beneficiary of the extra playing time.

Hector Sanchez C SF 4 months ago

Sanchez will serve as the backup catcher to begin the 2015 season, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Sanchez beat out Andrew Susac for the job of Buster Posey's backup, as Susac was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento on Sunday. Sanchez should see more reps than most backup catchers due to Posey's ability to play first base, but considering that he hit below the .200-mark in 2014, there isn't much fantasy value to find here outside of deeper and NL-only formats.

Hector Sanchez C SF 4 months ago

Sanchez went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI in Saturday's spring training loss to the Angels.

Sanchez came into spring training in a battle for the backup catcher spot with Andrew Susac. Saturday's performance has pushed Sanchez closer to winning that job while Susac has been sidelined with a wrist injury. Sanchez has to be the clear favorite at this point, but neither player will have much value unless something were to happen to Buster Posey.

Hector Sanchez C SF 5 months ago

Sanchez (thumb) will catch Tuesday against the Padres, Henry Shulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Sanchez missed a couple of days with a sprained thumb, but he's apparently over the issue and should be considered healthy going forward. He'll continue to battle Andrew Susac for the backup catcher's spot.

Hector Sanchez C SF 5 months ago

Sanchez is expected to miss two-to-four days because of a sprained thumb, CSN's Andrew Baggarly reports.

Assuming Sanchez makes it back into Cactus League games by the end of this upcoming week, the minor injury shouldn't have any impact on his battle with Andrew Susac for the backup catcher's job.

Hector Sanchez C SF 5 months ago

Sanchez feels "amazing" and has received full clearance to catch, Alex Pavlovic of CSN Bay Area reports.Sanchez suffered his first concussion in mid-July last season and missed the remainder after suffering a second concussion in a subsequent rehab stint. He reportedly is feeling good at the start of spring training and has lost a lot of weight, but should be good to go for the beginning of the 2015 season barring a setback.

Hector Sanchez C SF 8 months ago

Sanchez signed a one-year, $800,000 contract with the Giants on Thursday, avoiding arbitration, MLB.com reports.

The 25-year-old struggled in a limited role behind Buster Posey last season, posting a .196/.237/.301 batting line in 66 games before concussion symptoms forced him to miss nearly the entire second half. His absence opened the door for Andrew Susac, who performed well in his stead, and Sanchez will likely have to fight to reclaim the backup job in spring training.

Hector Sanchez C SF 10 months ago

Sanchez (concussion) has been symptom-free for a week, Alex Pavlovic of the San Jose Mercury News reports.

It's certainly encouraging news, but the 24-year-old will visit a specialist soon to be sure he's OK. Sanchez is hoping to DH and play some first base in winter ball, and while the Giants haven't indicated as much, it could be a sign they are thinking about a full-time move out from behind the plate.