Minor League Update:

Sanchez looking strong again

Former Vaquero may be on the verge of returning to big league action.

May 17, 2010|By Gabriel Rizk

GLENDALE — The following are updates on area athletes playing minor league baseball.

Freddy Sanchez (Glendale Community College, 1998) Fresno Grizzlies infielder: Sanchez’s season debut for the San Francisco Giants appears imminent after the former All-Star has displayed no ill effects from offseason shoulder surgery during his recent rehab tour through the minor leagues.

Batting second and playing second base in his debut for Triple-A Fresno in a 2-0 Pacific Coast League win over the Oklahoma City RedHawks on Saturday night, Sanchez went two for four and scored a run, while also helping to turn a double play.


In three games with Double-A San Jose to begin his rehab outing, Sanchez went six for nine, stroking five doubles and driving in four runs.

A report on Yahoo! Sports Saturday quoted Giants Manager Bruce Bochy as saying Sanchez may rejoin the Giants as soon as today or Tuesday.

Jason Hirsh (St. Francis High, 2000) Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees starting pitcher: The former Golden Knight turned in a quality start and earned his fourth win of the season on Thursday in a 7-3 victory over the Columbus Clippers.

Hirsh allowed three runs on five hits in six innings, walking one while striking out four to improve to 4-3 on the year with a 3.30 earned-run average.

As of Saturday, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, the Triple-A affiliate of the New York Yankees, was 21-14 for first place in the International League North Division.

Bill Spottiswood (Glendale Community College, 2005) Visalia Rawhide relief pitcher: The righty reliever has not appeared in a game for the Class A Advanced affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks since May 9, when he had a streak of 12 1/3 scoreless innings snapped.

Spottiswood was saddled with a blown save after surrendering two earned runs on five hits in the eighth inning to squander a 7-6 inherited lead against the Modesto Nuts.

Visalia would score four runs in the top of the ninth, however, to win, 11-8, and give Spottiswood (2-0, 1.35 ERA) his second win of the season.

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