While Giants closer Brian Wilson has been joking that he’ll be ready to play in two weeks — though recovery from Tommy John surgery will have him out for the entire season — two other injured players are facing different paths back to the playing field.
Freddy Sanchez, however, had another setback in his recovery from a dislocated shoulder. The second baseman now has soreness in his lower back and will have an MRI.
“This spring he had it flare up,” Bochy said of Sanchez’s back. “That set him back a little, but it hasn’t been a chronic deal.”
The injury is the latest in a string of setbacks for Sanchez since hurting his shoulder June 10.
Meanwhile, Pablo Sandoval had stitches in his hand removed Monday after surgery to remove a broken hamate bone in his left hand, though manager Bruce Bochy said he will not know for a couple more weeks when the All-Star third baseman will return.
Now that the stitches are out, Sandoval will begin rehab activities that will allow the trainers to get a better read on the recovery time.