Diving for a grounder on Friday night, San Francisco Giants second baseman Freddy Sanchez dislocated his right shoulder. When the MRI results came back, the news didn't get a lot better. From Andrew Baggarly of the Mercury News:
An MRI exam showed that Sanchez damaged his labrum and stretched out his shoulder capsule when he made a diving attempt on a ground ball Friday. He consulted with Dr. Ken Akizuki and will see another othopedist in Arizona this weekend.
While Sanchez has had shoulder surgery on his left shoulder before, this surgery would be on his right, which Baggarly notes is a procedure that could affect his throwing. As such, Sanchez will attempt the rest-and-rehab route:
Freddy Sanchez will hope to avoid season-ending surgery on his right shoulder, resting his arm in a sling for several weeks before he and doctors determine the level of instability in his stretched and damaged capsule.
So it's like a Groundhog Day, but with labrums. In a few weeks, Sanchez's shoulder will come out, look for its own shadow, and that will determine how long the cold winter will be.
The Giants signed veteran Bill Hall for infield depth, and Manny Burriss has been starting at second base in Sanchez's absence.