08/02/11 1:51 AM ET
J. Sanchez activated as Zito returns to DL
By Adam Berry / MLB.com
Giants manager Bruce Bochy and several Giants executives met with Zito about an hour before Monday night's game against the D-backs to discuss his role going forward. Bochy acknowledged in his afternoon media briefing that a move would be made with Zito, but he declined to share more specific details until after meeting with Zito. Following Monday's 5-2 loss to the D-backs, Zito said he injured a ligament while fouling a ball off his ankle during his only at-bat Sunday.
The left-hander, who has already spent more than two months on the disabled list this season, said he felt it when he went to push off on the next pitch. Obviously, Zito felt well enough to pitch through the injury, but he said it flared up more when he was running as well.
Zito said he has no plans as far as rehab, and he doesn't expect to progress until he feels comfortable running. The injury is a recurrence of the right foot sprain that put him on the disabled list earlier this season.
"It's not as serious, but this ligament thing, it's pretty sensitive, so you've got to be precautionary with it," Zito said. "It's very disappointing. I was enjoying being out there, coming off two months of rehab. Just keep going, keep working."
Zito put together three impressive starts after returning from the disabled list June 28, but he has struggled since then. The left-hander had one turn in the rotation skipped and allowed 19 runs in 15 2/3 innings over three starts, walking eight batters.
"He understands Sanchez needs to come off the disabled list," Bochy said before talking to Zito. "Barry is struggling right now with his stuff, too. It's the right thing to do."
Sanchez, who was officially activated Monday, will get the start Friday in AT&T Park against the Phillies. In a rehab start with Triple-A Fresno on Wednesday, the lefty allowed two earned runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out five.
Shoulder surgery to end F. Sanchez's season
SAN FRANCISCO -- After attempting to rehab his injured right shoulder in Arizona, Freddy Sanchez will undergo season-ending surgery to repair his right labrum Tuesday.
The Giants second baseman, who dislocated his shoulder June 10 while diving for a ground ball, was making progress swinging the bat but didn't feel comfortable throwing. So, instead of prolonging the rehab process and potentially missing the start of Spring Training next year, Sanchez opted for surgery.
By having the surgery at this point of the season, Sanchez will be ready to go on Day 1 of Spring Training in 2012, manager Bruce Bochy said.
"We were hopeful. We were still being optimistic that he could find a way to rehab and get to a point where he could help us," Bochy said. "But as each day went by, we knew his chances were diminishing. It's at a point where we have to make a decision to make sure he's ready for next year."
Given the Giants' recent trades for infielders Jeff Keppinger and Orlando Cabrera, the decision isn't particularly surprising, but it brings a sense of finality to Sanchez's situation. One of the club's most productive hitters, Sanchez batted .289 in 239 at-bats this season.
Bochy said he felt confident about Keppinger being the Giants' everyday second baseman, both at the plate and in the field.
Tejada eager to return, contribute to race
SAN FRANCISCO -- On Sunday, Miguel Tejada told reporters in Cincinnati he was frustrated with the way he was being portrayed in the media. Back in San Francisco on Monday, the veteran infielder explained he was simply frustrated he couldn't do anything to help as the Giants were struggling against the Reds.
"I'm not mad. I'm totally happy," said Tejada, who called reporters to his locker in AT&T Park. "Yesterday I was frustrated because my team was losing and I couldn't help it. That's why yesterday I was mad."
On the 15-day disabled list with an abdominal strain, Tejada said there were no hard feelings toward the Giants or newly acquired shortstop Orlando Cabrera, who appears set to assume the everyday-shortstop job Tejada hoped to hold all season. In fact, he even brought Cabrera and Carlos Beltran food, cooked by Tejada's brother Juan, to help them get settled in San Francisco.
"It's hard when you get to a new city. You've got to find all the things you need," Tejada said before joking, "As a Latino, when you're in that situation, the first thing we're looking for is rice and beans."
Tejada pointed out that he previously accepted that he wouldn't be an everyday player when Brandon Crawford became the team's primary shortstop, and he even volunteered to play second base just to fill a need. He also acknowledged his struggles at the plate: a .242 average, .609 OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage) and 31 strikeouts to 17 walks.
As for his recovery, Tejada took ground balls Monday for the third straight day and said he thinks he will be ready to play by the end of the week.
"My role right now is to get healthy, be 100 percent, and when I come back from the injury, do what I can do to help this team," Tejada said. "At this time in my career, I'm not really looking to be playing every day at one position."
Outgoing Cabrera ready to fit in with Giants
SAN FRANCISCO -- Adjusting to a new team known for its unique but strong clubhouse chemistry, Carlos Beltran and Orlando Cabrera made their home debut as Giants on Monday night.
Giants manager Bruce Bochy reiterated before the game that Beltran and Cabrera will likely become everyday fixtures in right field and at shortstop, and he expects them to quickly acclimate to their new surroundings -- both in the clubhouse and in AT&T Park.
Cabrera, renowned for his streak of four consecutive postseason appearances, was quick to joke about the club's cast of characters -- even saying he had to "respect the beard" of closer Brian Wilson. While Cabrera said he has a lot of respect for the entire Giants organization, he added that he wasn't going to dial back his personality just to fit in.
"We're not dating," Cabrera quipped. "You don't want to be a distraction. You want to be part of the group. That's what I feel. ... I'm going to be myself. I'll always be myself. If it's not broken, why are you trying to fix it? I'm just going to do what I can."
More than anything, both Beltran and Cabrera expressed their excitement to be backing the Giants' talented pitchers instead of lining up against them.
"It's an honor," Cabrera said. "You can't score against them. Hopefully they can pitch well, and we can play good defense behind them."
Adam Berry is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.