Freddy Sanchez expected to undergo shoulder surgery

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Freddy Sanchez has been out since June 10 with a shoulder injury and the increasing likelihood that he’ll need season-ending surgery played a part in the Giants bringing in veteran middle infielders Jeff Keppinger and Orlando Cabrera via trades.

Asked yesterday about Sanchez’s odds of playing again this season, general manager Brian Sabean described the second baseman as “behind the eight-ball with each passing day” and added that “it doesn’t look good.”

Since being acquired from the Pirates in mid-2009 he’s played in just 196 of a possible 330 games due to knee and shoulder injuries, all while earning about $15 million, and Sanchez is under contract for $6 million next season thanks to an extension–the second one he agreed to since the trade–signed on April 1.