Eugenio Velez Returns With Mark DeRosa On DL; Freddy Sanchez Wants More Time

Ted SillanpaaAnalyst IMay 17, 2010

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 18:  Eugenio Velez #8 of the San Francisco Giants plays against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on April 18, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. The Dodgers defeated the Giants 2-1.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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The San Francisco Giants put left fielder Mark DeRosa on the 15-day disabled list on Monday, and recalled utility man Eugenio Velez from Fresno in the Pacific Coast League.

Meanwhile, former National League batting champion Freddy Sanchez is continuing his injury rehabilitation assignment in the minor leagues with the Triple-A Grizzlies. Fresno played a doubleheader in Oklahoma City on Monday night.

DeRosa's DL stint was made retroactive to May 9, as he has nerve inflammation in his left wrist. He underwent wrist surgery in 2009, and, apparently, the surgery failed to fix the ailment.

DeRosa is hoping to bounce back sufficiently to play through this season, and have wrist surgery in the offseason. 

Velez was batting .186 following an 0-for-17 slide, when he was demoted on May 7. He hit .292 in six games with Fresno. He had one extra-base hit, a double, and one RBI.

The Giants did consider calling on Sanchez to take DeRosa's spot on the roster. The second baseman entered Monday's Triple-A doubleheader with two hits in seven Triple-A at-bats.

Sanchez, reportedly, wants more time with Fresno to fine tune his game.

"It's a case of deciding what's right for Freddy and the ball club. He's had a handful of at-bats facing Triple-A pitching," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said as the club prepared to open a two-game set in San Diego. "For his sense of comfort to come up here and be ready, we want him to have the confidence to say, 'You know what? I'm ready to face major-league pitching.

We talked about Freddy. Could we risk him? Yeah, but where we're at this point of the season we decided to give him a couple more days, a little bit more if he needs that, to make sure he's comfortable and feeling he's ready."