Freddy Sanchez made everyone forget about Tim Alderson.
San Francisco got their fair share of injury news before 2010 even started. Freddy Sanchez required surgery—twice. Renteria had surgery as well. Ishikawa fell down the stairs and tore some ligaments. DeRosa is coming off wrist surgery. Burriss was only as fast as his broken foot let him be last year...
If they can stay healthy, the Giants have potential to improve on last year, which is what everyone wants. With their depth and versatility, injuries will affect them less than in years past. However, owners don't spend millions of dollars for people sit on the DL so head trainer Dave Groeschner had better stay busy.
If Freddy Sanchez doesn't get injured, Juan Uribe doesn't start the season in the starting lineup.
If Edgar Renteria doesn't go on the DL three times, Juan Uribe doesn't play in the middle of the season.
If Mark DeRosa doesn't get injured, that means possibly no Andres Torres, Cody Ross or Pat Burrell.
Obviously, these are all big ifs, but think about it.
Freddy Sanchez was quickly losing any sort of popularity he had built up by starting this season on the DL, but everyone forgot about that as soon as he was on every defensive highlight against Atlanta and Philadelphia and then ripped three doubles off of Cliff Lee.
Edgar Renteria played the entire playoffs with a torn left bicep, but he had enough in his arm to hit the biggest home runs of his Giants career, as well as show off some 1997-era Edgar defense in the World Series.
Mark DeRosa didn't come back for the playoffs, but the outfielders that the Giants used to replace him (Burrell, Torres, Ross) came up huge again and again down the stretch.
Here's a scary thought:
If Todd Wellemeyer doesn't get hurt, the Giants trade Brandon Belt for a middle-of-the-rotation starter and he doesn't have a game-winning home run for the Giants in the 2014 World Series against the Kansas City Royals.
And Madison Bumgarner doesn't get a chance to show how dominant he can be before he is legally allowed to drink. (VERY dominant.)
On that note, the Giants are extremely fortunate that their entire rotation stayed healthy. Their top four starters all made 33 starts, and Bumgarner made 18 in his rookie campaign.
Brian Wilson didn't miss time, and the bullpen was solid enough up and down that when people did go on the shelf, there were people there to pick up the slack.