The San Francisco Giants had to follow through with the expected on Tuesday, placing second baseman Freddy Sanchez on the 15-day disabled list.
The Giants traded one of their top pitching prospects in Tim Alderson at the deadline in order to acquire Sanchez from Pittsburgh. The second baseman was just the bat San Fran needed: A patient, clutch hitter who could get on base for rising star Pablo Sandoval.
But Sanchez recently developed a left shoulder strain that kept him out of the Giants’ lineup for the past six consecutive games. During that time, San Fran dropped three of four games to the Colorado Rockies and now trail in the NL Wild Card race by four games.
Sanchez is eligible to come off the DL on September 2 and he should be able to play by then. The Giants are praying for that scenario, because every day he’s out, is another chance for them to slip in the standings.
Recognizing that the Giants are slipping further and further out of contention, oddsmakers from online sports book SPORTSBETTING.com currently list San Fran as a 40/1 long shot to win the 2009 World Series. The Giants’ NLCS odds are currently 9/1.
Posted: 8/26/09 10:30AM ET