BURBANK — The San Francisco Giants turned to Freddy Sanchez last season to help them win the World Series.
If the Giants are to repeat as champions, they'll likely have to do so without the services of the former Burbank High and Glendale Community College standout.
Sanchez, a second baseman and a former National League batting champion, suffered a dislocated right shoulder while diving for a ball Friday during San Francisco's 3-2 home win against the Cincinnati Reds. The Associated Press reported the three-time All-Star might miss the remainder of the season and possibly require surgery.
In the fifth inning, Sanchez, a three-time All-Star, stopped a ground ball hit up the middle by Brandon Phillips. Sanchez braced himself by using his right hand while sliding on the edge of the outfield grass and was slow to get to his feet, while in obvious discomfort.
San Francisco Trainer Dave Groeschner said prior to Sunday's game against Cincinnati that Sanchez, who underwent surgery on his left shoulder in December, suffered damage to the labrum. Sanchez reportedly underwent an MRI Saturday.