Giants place Hector Sanchez on concussion DL, call up prospect Andrew Susac

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The Giants announced this afternoon that catcher Hector Sanchez was placed on the 7-day concussion disabled list. Andrew Susac has been called up from Triple-A Fresno to take his place on the active roster.

Sanchez left last night’s game against the Dodgers after he was hit in the mask by a foul tip off the bat of Adrian Gonzalez in the third inning. According to Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com, Giants manager Bruce Bochy said after the game that Sanchez was diagnosed with a “mild concussion” and will likely be out “for a little while.”

Susac, a second-round pick from 2011, was batting .268/.379/.451 with 10 home runs and 32 RBI over 63 games this season in Triple-A. The 24-year-old will serve as Buster Posey’s backup in the short-term.

Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season

Kopech has opted out
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Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season. The White Sox starter informed the team of his decision today, and the team issued a press release to that affect a few minutes ago.

The statement from general manager Rick Hahn. said “we recognize that reaching this decision is incredibly difficult for any competitive athlete, and our organization is understanding and supportive. We will work with Michael to assure his development continues throughout 2020, and we look forward to welcoming him back into our clubhouse for the 2021 season.”

Kopech, 24, has only four big league starts under his belt, all coming in late August and early September of 2018, but after a strong spring training he was likely to make Chicago’s rotation at some point in the 2020 season after sitting out all of 2019 following Tommy John surgery. Kopech was among the players sent to Chicago from the Red Sox in the Chris Sale trade back in December 2016. Others involved in the deal included Yoán Moncada, Victor Diaz, and Luis Alexander Basabe.

Now, however, Kopech has opted out.