Giants manager Bruce Bochy finally acknowledged the obvious on Friday, stating that second baseman Freddy Sanchez will likely be sidelined until the “end of April, first of May.”
Sanchez, who was inked to a two-year, $12 million contract in November, underwent surgery on his left shoulder in December, and to this point, has only progressed to hitting off a tee.
In need of a boost for their anemic offense last July, the Giants acquired Sanchez from the Pirates in exchange for prospect right-hander Tim Alderson. So far, they’ve had a pretty rotten return.
Luckily, the Giants were able to re-sign utility man Juan Uribe just weeks after Sanchez’s surgery, so he’ll be able to fill-in at second base until Sanchez is able to return to the lineup.
Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Nationals will ask to speak with Astros’ bench coach Alex Cora after the American League Championship Series concludes on Saturday. This comes on the heels of the news that club manager Dusty Baker will not be returning to the team in 2018.
Cora, 42, has some experience in the Nationals’ organization. He played for the Nats during his last big league stint in 2011, batting .224/.287/.276 through 91 games before announcing his retirement in the spring of 2012. Per Cafardo, he was also offered a player development gig with the club, but has not appeared in any kind of official role with them since his days as a major league infielder. While he’s been lauded for his leadership skills and strong clubhouse presence, he hasn’t acquired any managerial experience since his retirement, save for a handful of games with the Astros where he filled in for A.J. Hinch.
Despite the appeal of having a familiar face in the dugout, the Nationals aren’t the only ones eyeing Cora. The Astros’ coach has already interviewed with the Tigers, Mets and Red Sox this month. Boston appears to be the current favorite to land him and according to at least one source, may even announce his hiring in advance of the World Series next Tuesday.