The setbacks continue for Freddy Sanchez.
According to CSNBayArea.com’s Andrew Baggarly, Giants manager Bruce Bochy announced Sunday that the 34-year-old second baseman was given a second epidural in his ailing lower back a few days ago and remains shut down indefinitely.
“We’re not giving up on it,” Bochy told reporters on Sunday morning. “But it’s obviously a setback. We can’t tell you when he’ll be back on the field.”
Sanchez hasn’t appeared in a major league game since dislocating his right shoulder last June while diving for a ground ball. And it is now safe to wonder whether he’s going to be able to return this year.
San Francisco second basemen have combined for a brutal .198/.247/.215 batting line so far in 2012.
Bryce Harper has, in recent years, declined participation in the Home Run Derby, with his last go at it coming in 2013, losing to Yoenis Cespedes in the final round. With the All-Star Game taking place at Nationals Park in Washington, however, he has changed his mind, saying today that he will compete if he is selected for the All-Star team.
Harper is currently second in voting among National League outfielders, so he stands a pretty good chance of making it. Even if he falls off in the voting, you have to assume that the powers that be will nudge NL manager A.J. Hinch to select Harper as a reserve, partially because of his actual power — he does have 19 homers so far this year — but mostly for his star power.
Simply put, you know dang well that both Major League Baseball and the Nationals want a home town guy with big time star power in the Derby, even if he’s not having as good a year as he’s capable of. As such, figure to see Harper hitting long balls in D.C. on July 16.