San Francisco Giants' catcher Hector Sanchez looks like a rejuvenated player over the past few weeks. He had been on the disabled list with shoulder problems, and was optioned to Triple-A Fresno upon his return. But he was recalled on August 8 and is batting .286 in 35 at-bats since that time.
As reported by AJ Cassavell of MLB.com, Sanchez injured his right shoulder injury while playing in the
Venezuelan Winter League last season. Lately, he's feeling fully healthy
and very free with his swing. As a result, he's returned to form which made him a solid backup for the Giants last season.
Sanchez doesn't know when he started feeling better, but he could tell when he started becoming more aggressive at the plate.
"My shoulder feels 100 percent, and I've really been concentrating on my
swing," Sanchez said. "I was working in Triple-A, and I started to feel
really good, really comfortable, swinging at pitches in the strike
Manager Bruce Bochy could also see a marked difference in Sanchez upon his return.
"When he came back from Fresno this last time, you could see a difference
in the way he was swinging the bat," Bochy said. "The shoulder wasn't
affecting him. Watching him throw, I thought, 'This is the Hector that
we saw last year.'"
Sanchez batted .280 with three home runs and 34 RBI in 74 games last season. This season, he has appeared in 43 games, and is 19 for 74 with two home runs and 14 RBI. He is a career .272 hitter with five home runs and 49 RBI.