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Giants Catcher Hector Sanchez Concussed Again

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Hector SanchezSan Francisco Giants catcher Hector Sanchez has suffered his second concussion in a matter of weeks, and may be forced to miss the remainder of the season due to concerns.

Sanchez suffered his first concussion on July 25th when he was struck in the mask by a foul tip off the bat of Los Angeles Dodgers 1st baseman Adrian Gonzalez in what would be an 8-1 loss to the Dodgers. According to a report from the San Jose Mercury News, Sanchez was wearing a new mask when he was hit in the mask, again off a foul tip, in a rehab start with Triple A Fresno.

“There has to be (that concern) with this being his second one, but we’ll know in the next few days after we see how he responds and the progress he makes,” manager Bruce Bochy said to the Mercury News in the aftermath of the incident. “You have to think of the player’s well-being and what’s right. This is going to take some time with Hector.”

Sanchez was hitting .196 with 3 home runs and 28 RBIs in 66 games with the Giants.

“There’s a real-life concern — our concern, and he should be very concerned,” Giants general manager Brian Sabean told reporters. “We’ll do what we did with (Brandon) Belt. We’ll be methodical about further testing and continuing to evaluate him.”

“What you don’t know, as we all learned in (Mike) Matheny’s case, is how many times it happened in the minor leagues, or winter ball, or in a major league game, and the guy just wrote it and never said a word,” Sabean said. “It was ‘part of the job, part of the position.’ Now there’s more education and more people are in the know and understanding.”

 

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