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Once the prized young left arm of the rotation, Jonathan Sanchez is now the odd man out in San Francisco.
On June 25th, the Giants placed Jonathan Sanchez on the 15-day DL. Officially, the cause was left biceps tendinitis.
However, it's more than likely that Sanchez's poor June (1-2, 4.91 ERA) combined with Barry Zito's return from a foot sprain influenced the Giants to sideline Sanchez as an easy fix.
Sanchez will certainly expect a rotation spot when he recovers from injury, but it's far from guaranteed. Barry Zito has pitched three great games in Sanchez's stead, going 3-0 with three earned runs in 21 innings.
The Giants may be hesitant to pull Zito when he's pitching better than he ever has in a Giants uniform. And they are certainly not going to put the walk-prone Jonathan Sanchez in the bullpen.
So it seems the best solution is to ship Sanchez out of town.