August 2011

Whiteside likely bound for DL; Hector Sanchez up

Friday, Aug. 19

HOUSTON — With Eli Whiteside still feeling the effects of his rough slide Wednesday, the Giants are expected to recall catcher Hector Sanchez from Triple-A Fresno before Friday night’s series opener against the Houston Astros.

The Giants have not yet officially announced the move, which was initially reported by a Venezuelan news source. But industry sources confirmed that was imminent — and necessary. It’s anticipated that Whiteside will go on the seven-day disabled list with a concussion. Whiteside plowed hard into second base with a headfirst slide on an unsuccessful stolen-base attempt at Atlanta, with his head absorbing much of the impact.

Sanchez, 21, appeared in three games with the Giants in a brief Major League stint earlier this season and went 0-for-3. He was hitting .261 with one home run and 26 RBIs in 46 games for Fresno after batting .301 with eight homers and 46 RBIs in 42 games with high-Class A San Jose.

– Chris Haft

Wilson remains hilarious; Lincecum’s iron-knee

Sunday, Aug. 7

SAN FRANCISCO — Brian Wilson’s 34th save, which he recorded Sunday, took a while to develop. Nine days had passed since his last save opportunity, July 28 at Philadelphia. Since then, Wilson had appeared just twice, absorbing the decision in the 13-inning loss at Cincinnati on July 29 and receiving an inning of work Friday against the Phillies.

But the scarcity of save chances didn’t bother Wilson, who came up with the day’s best line when he was asked about it. “I’m not on commission,” he said.

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You may remember that Tim Lincecum refrains from icing his right arm after he pitches. That’s one of the many aspects which makes him unique.

So it seemed a little strange on Sunday to see Lincecum with an icepack strapped to him. But it was applied to Lincecum’s right knee, where he was struck by Chase Utley’s thrown bat in the eighth inning.

To his credit, Utley apologized to Lincecum immediately (then singled to right field on the next pitch). Said Lincecum, “After I kind of gathered myself, I stood up and I could hear him say, ‘Man, I’m sorry. You gotta know I didn’t mean to do that.’ “

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Something to keep in mind: Of the Giants’ 47 remaining games, 37 are against teams with below-.500 records.

Trouble is, they’re only 32-26 against clubs with losing marks.<p/>

The Giants’ only games left against teams that currently own winning records are at Atlanta (Aug. 15-18) and against Arizona (Sept. 2-4 in San Francisco and Sept. 23-25 on the road).<p/>

Chris Haft

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