Hector Sanchez out; Eli Whiteside in for San Francisco Giants

OK, pop quiz time.

How many members of the San Francisco Giants’ active roster for the 2010 World Series are on the team’s current 25-man active roster?

(Play Jeopardy music here).

Did you say 11? If so, you’re right.

Here’s the championship eleven

  • Tim Lincecum
  • Matt Cain
  • Madison Bumgarner
  • Sergio Romo
  • Jeremy Affeldt
  • Javier Lopez
  • Santiago Casilla
  • Buster Posey
  • Pablo Sandoval
  • Nate Schierholtz

… and ….

  • Eli Whiteside.

Whiteside took the number from 10 to 11 on Wednesday when he was called up from Triple-A Fresno to replace Hector Sanchez on the roster.

San Francisco Giants’ Hector Sanchez, right, is looked at by a trainer after getting injured in the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves Tuesday, July 17, 2012, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Sanchez was placed on the disabled list Wednesday with a sprained knee.

Even with the Giants assertions Tuesday that Sanchez’s injury was not serious, it did not come as a big surprise that Sanchez is headed to the DL.

It was reported that Sanchez was examined for mild discomfort in the knee on Friday. So Tuesday’s incident was clearly an aggravation of a previous condition for Sanchez.

The Giants clearly decided he needed more time to get healthy, and they didn’t want to use Pablo Sandoval as anything more than an emergency catcher.

Sanchez will remain with the Giants on the road trip, expects to resume baseball activities in a week at the latest and should be ready to go when his 15 days are up. That would set his activation for Aug. 2, when the Giants play the Mets to finish a 10-game homestand.

If that’s the case, we can expect Whiteside to make two, maybe three starts, during Sanchez’s stint on the DL. That’s fewer than the number of starts Sanchez would be expected to make over the same time if he were healthy. The Giants play 14 games over the next 15 days, with the lone day off coming July 26 during that 10-game homestand.

The beneficiary of playing time over the next two weeks is Brandon Belt. Belt has been sitting a couple of days each week when Sanchez has been starting, with Posey playing at first base.

It would seem that manager Bruce Bochy is less likely to use the same alignment with Whiteside, choosing instead to play Posey more behind the plate and giving him full days off when Whiteside catches.

However, Bochy could decide against lefties to start Joaquin Arias at 3B and Sandoval at 1B. But that would mean starting Brandon Crawford at SS.

Belt gets the start at 1B Wednesday against lefty Mike Minor.

Hopefully, this will provide Belt a chance to get hot again.

And maybe, just maybe, someone will take the opportunity to point out to Bochy that Belt has a slash line of .300/.379/.660 against lefties this season compared to .228/.348/.315 against righties.


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