Freddy Sanchez may be taking steps backward in his recovery from a shoulder injury.
The Giants made a slew of roster moves on Monday, but nothing they did should be as concerning as Freddy Sanchez' health.
The team announced the release of right-handed pitcher Ramon Ortiz and the reassignment of Shane Loux, Andrew Kown, Wilmon Rodriguez and Brian Burres.
Ortiz, 39, is the biggest name on the list, which should tell you something. Although it's also worth noting that Loux, via Alex Pavlovic, has an amazing Twitter avatar, and an even more amazing story behind it.
Read the full details here, but basically Loux has been suckered into signing a bunch of Upper Deck "Tape Measure Shots" baseball cards because Josh Hamilton smashed a deep tater off him when he was with the Angels. Seriously, go read it. It's awesome.
Onto the terrifying news: Freddy Sanchez is hurting. Bad.
Andrew Baggarly of CSN Bay Area notes that Sanchez will miss a few days and that the second baseman is not in good shape.
"A bad omen: Freddy Sanchez is off for a couple days," Baggarly tweeted on Monday afternoon. "At this point, it's not an overreaction to think shoulder is career threatening."
Sanchez was working in the minors for some live game action over the weekend. It was always assumed that he'd begin the season on the disabled list, but if he's taking steps backwards in his recovery from a shoulder injury, well, that's no good.
And, obviously, Baggs puts it in pretty good context: Sanchez is 34 and has played in just 171 games the past two seasons. Bruce Bochy mentioned several days ago that he probably wouldn't even be able to make a play to both sides of the infield, which means his shoulder isn't responding well.
All of that could mean that a potential trade of Ryan Theriot or Mike Fontenot is no longer on the table.