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08/11/09 8:50 PM ET
F. Sanchez's injury delays Giants' move
Thin on infielders, team puts off activating Schierholtz
By Chris Haft / MLB.com
SAN FRANCISCO -- No personnel moves typically means no news. That wasn't the case Tuesday for the Giants. Needing an extra infielder due to second baseman Freddy Sanchez's sore left shoulder, which prevented him from starting against the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Giants opted to leave their current roster intact. Thus, infielder Rich Aurilia stayed on the 25-man contingent and right fielder Nate Schierholtz remained on the 15-day disabled list. "I'm active today," Aurilia said. "That's all you guys need to know." Aurilia and bench coach Ron Wotus exchanged an apparent goodbye hug after Monday's game in full view of reporters, prompting speculation that the 14-year veteran would be released to clear roster room for Schierholtz on Tuesday. But though Schierholtz pronounced himself recovered from his bruised left hip -- "I'm healthy and ready to go," he said -- Sanchez's discomfort changed the Giants' personnel landscape. With their infield depth already thinned by Juan Uribe's injured hamstring, which had limited him to two plate appearances in the previous eight games, the Giants couldn't afford to drop any infielders, at least for Tuesday. "We're going to wait at least another day [and] put Nate in a holding pattern," manager Bruce Bochy said. Bochy said that Sanchez should be sufficiently recovered to start Wednesday's series finale against the Dodgers and that Uribe likely will join him in the lineup at shortstop, giving Edgar Renteria a much-needed rest. Bochy was mostly mum on the subject of Aurilia, the popular 37-year-old who's the final link to the Giants' last era of success. "Richie's on the team. I really don't have anything to add at this point," Bochy said. Entering Tuesday, Aurilia was batting .222 with two home runs and 15 RBIs in 49 games. He's in the third year of his second stint with the Giants. Aurilia initially came to San Francisco from Texas in a trade preceding the 1995 season and remained the Giants' primary shortstop from 1998-2003. That spanned the bulk of San Francisco's most recent glory years -- 1997-2004, when the club reached the postseason or Wild Card playoff five times and averaged 92 victories a season. He ranks sixth on the franchise's San Francisco-era lists in hits (1,224) and games (1,641). Aurilia owns a .275 career average in 1,641 games with San Francisco, Seattle, San Diego and Cincinnati. He was a National League All-Star in 2001, when he hit .324 with 37 home runs and 97 RBIs, all career bests.
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.