On June 25, Jonathan Sanchez was placed on the 15-day disabled list with what was referred to as “bicep tendinitis” by Bruce Bochy. His trip to the disabled list not only roughly coincided with Barry Zito’s return from the disabled list, but also came after his second consecutive start wherein he failed to complete five innings.
Whether or not the decision to place Sanchez on the disabled list was a result of a legitimate injury was called into question after a press conference wherein Jonathan Sanchez claimed, “There’s nothing wrong with me. I’m fine. I’m healthy. I’m just having a hard time.”
Despite his solid season statistics, in the five starts Jonathan Sanchez made prior to landing on the DL, his record was 2-2 with a 4.91 ERA and an alarming 25 BB in only 25.2 innings.
What to do with Jonathan Sanchez, however, is a legitimate question that has yet to be definitively answered. While Sanchez issued a statement claiming that he felt no pressure due to the fact he is the “number two starter,” Barry Zito’s recent resurgence has given the Giants a surplus of starters. So what are the Giants' options when Jonathan Sanchez returns from the DL? Let's take a look.