Fredy Sanchez Undergoes Shoulder Surgery: Could Miss Opening Day

Victor Valladares JrContributor IJanuary 22, 2010

SAN FRANCISCO - AUGUST 02:  Freddy Sanchez #21 of the San Francisco Giants throws to first against the Philadelphia Phillies during a Major League Baseball game at AT&T Park on August 2, 2009 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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Giants manager Bruce Bochy confirmed that 2B Freddy Sanchez underwent surgery on his left shoulder and could miss Opening Day.

The surgery was an arthroscopic procedure, a procedure in which the shoulder is basically "cleaned up."  Sanchez also underwent surgery following the conclusion of last year on his left knee to repair a torn meniscus that hampered him much of the second half.

Sanchez was aquired from the Pirates near the deadline, giving the Giants' offense a much-needed boost. However, Sanchez only played 25 games due to injuries. In those games he batted .284 with one home run and seven RBI.

Sanchez's surgery is a reminder of the risk veterans present, especially on the Giants.  Aging veterans such as Edger Renteria, Mark DeRosa, and now Freddy Sanchez have all undergone procedures this offseason, giving the Giants some health question marks to answer in the coming season.