Freddy Sanchez likely to begin season on DL

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Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News reports that Freddy Sanchez “almost certainly will not be ready for Opening Day” and “is likely to begin the season on the disabled list” following January shoulder surgery that the Giants initially tried to keep secret.
Sanchez was first said to be “questionable” for Opening Day, but the Giants recently changed his status to “doubtful” and manager Bruce Bochy called him “very doubtful” when asked yesterday.
Bochy noted that the Giants “have experienced guys to help out” in Sanchez’s absence, with Juan Uribe likely to start in his place at second base and Mark DeRosa also available to play some infield if needed. The latter would likely open up some outfield at-bats for Freddy Lewis.
So far the Giants’ decision to acquire Sanchez at the trading deadline has been a disaster. They gave up a solid pitching prospect to get him from the Pirates and then signed him to a two-year, $11 million extension, but so far Sanchez has had more surgeries than home runs.

Masahiro Tanaka to throw off a mound this weekend

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Earlier this month Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka strained both of his hamstrings while running the bases in an interleague game against the Mets and was sent to the 10-day DL. Today it was announced that the beginning of the end of most DL stints for pitchers — throwing off of a mound — is in Tanaka’s immediate future.

Tanaka is scheduled to throw off a mound Sunday, which will be his first real (well, fake real) pitching action since the June 9th injury. Assuming the session goes well, Tanaka is expected to return to the Yankees’ starting rotation sometime in early-to-mid July. With the All-Star break coming the week of July 16, it would not be hard to imagine the Yankees giving him a few extra days to get right.

Tanaka is 7-2 with a 4.58 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 73/19 in 72.2 innings on the season.