Out goes Freddy Sanchez; in comes Bill Hall

Somehow, this has got to be some kind of weird retribution for last season.

Cincinnati Reds shortstop Paul Janish, right, jumps over San Francisco Giants' Bill Hall (29) during the fifth inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 11, 2011, in San Francisco. Hall was forced out at second base, as Giants' Emmanuel Burriss was safe at first base. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Of the eight positions players on the Giants’ opening day roster, five have made a trip to the disabled list this season: 1B Brandon Belt, 2B Freddy Sanchez, 3B Pablo Sandoval, C Buster Posey and CF Andres Torres. And that doesn’t count RF Cody Ross, who opened the season on the DL.

The other three players — RF Aubrey Huff, SS Miguel Tejada and LF Pat Burrell — are hitting .234, .227 and .221 respectively.

Ross eventually came off the DL, and so did Torres. Sandoval will come off on Tuesday. Belt won’t be back until after the All-Star break. Posey is done of the season, and we just news on Sanchez.

Not good.

An MRI revealed that there is damage to Sanchez’s labrum and the shoulder capsule is stretched, making it susceptible to repeated dislocations.

The plan right now is to see how Sanchez’s shoulder responds to rehab over the next few weeks and hope he can return this season. Surgery to strengthen the shoulder will be necessary, but the Giants would like to hold it off until after the season.

We consider that a longshot. It may just be best to consider surgery as quickly as possible to begin rehab for 2012. That’s because the Giants signed Sanchez to a one-year extension for 2012 at the start of this season.

After the Giants’ 4-2 win over the Reds on Sunday, they activated 3B Pablo Sandoval from the disabled list and optioned Connor Gillaspie back to Fresno. We expected as much.

For depth, the Giants added utility man Bill Hall on Saturday. But he’s likely not going to be the answer.

At one point, Hall was a promising hitter for the Brewers. He hit 17 HRs, 62 RBI and hit .291 in 146 games in 2005. It got better in 2006 — 35 HR, 85 RBI, .270 in 148 games.

And then things turned downward — 14/63/.254 in 2007; 15/55/.225 in 2008.

In 2009, he hit .201 with 6 HR and 24 RBI in 76 games when the Brewers traded him to the Mariners, where he hit .200 with 2 HR and 12 RBI in 34 games.

The Mariners traded him to the Red Sox, where he hit .247 with 18 HR and 46 RBI in 120 games.

He signed with the Astros as a free agent last offseason, but only hit .224 with 2 HR and 13 RBI in 46 games before being released on June 4.

Oh, and what he did in his first game with the Giants on Saturday is pretty much his M.O. — he strikes out about once every three times he steps to the plate.


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