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PHOENIX -- All things considered, Bruce Bochy was pretty happy with the arrangement the Giants embraced when Nori Aoki got hurt. Andrew Susac had played more, allowing Buster Posey more time at first base, where he has rested his legs and flourished. Will that change now that Hector Sanchez, not Susac is the backup catcher?
“I really liked the way it was set up,” Bochy said Sunday. “The fact that Andrew was doing a good job allowed me to rest Buster more. Susac, with his play, was making it a lot easier to do that. My hope is that Hector, through his play, will allow us to do that.”
Sanchez likely won’t get a shot to prove anything until Wednesday. He was added to the active roster Sunday morning when Susac was placed on the DL with a sprained right thumb suffered in Saturday’s win. Bochy said Posey will catch until a day game Wednesday in San Diego.
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The news for Susac was ultimately pretty good when he got MRI results Sunday morning. He does not have any ligament damage but the sprain is severe enough that Susac is going to miss at least 10 days. You can’t go even one game without a backup catcher, so Susac was immediately placed on the DL. When Susac got hurt in the fourth inning, Ehire Adrianza spent the rest of the game as the emergency catcher.
“He was all excited,” Bochy said. “That’s part of it, to find someone who is excited about it.”
The Giants have previously had Casey McGehee and Joaquin Arias as emergency catchers this season. Bochy said Adrianza jogged out to warm up pitchers a couple of times and looked good. He was so into it that Billy Hayes asked if they should take him Adrianza down to the bullpen for a few mid-game drills (they didn’t).
The Giants hope they don’t even need to talk about emergency catchers the next two weeks, but they did bring up a guy with an injury history. Sanchez suffered his third concussion earlier this season when he took three foul tips off the mask in the same game. His 2014 season was ended by two concussions. Sanchez has a .280/.319/.411 in 107 at-bats for Triple-A Sacramento, and he has come on of late, with 11 total base hits during a six-game hitting streak.
“He got his time, he’s been cleared and he’s good to go,” Bochy said of Sanchez’s health. “Obviously there’s a lot of concern when you have one (concussion). We have to keep an eye on him.”
—- Jeremy Affeldt threw two sharp innings for Sacramento on Saturday night and will be activated sometime during the upcoming Padres series. Affeldt also apparently made a nice play on a bunt.
“I guess he made a great play. He sent me a video,” Bochy said. “I haven’t had a chance to watch it.”