San Francisco Giants second baseman Freddy Sanchez could be out for the season after injuring his shoulder diving for the ball in yesterday's win over the Cincinnati Reds.
Sanchez dislocated his shoulder and his having MRI today to determine the extent of damage to the labrum or ligaments. The shoulder separation itself should put Sanchez out for at least two months, but surgery to the labrum or ligaments would put him out for the season.
In response, Giants General Manager Brian Sabean quickly signed free agent infielder Bill Hall, who was released by the Houston Astros earlier this season. He was batting 0.224 with 2 homeruns and 13 RBIs in 46 games.
Although Hall doesn't hit for average with career 0.249 average, he does have power with 18 homeruns last year for the Boston Red Sox and had one season for the Milwaukee Brewers with 35 homeruns in 2006.
Hall can play second base, third base, shortstop, and outfield, so he will be a utility player that manager Bruce Bochy can use at multiple positions. In addition, Bochy has spoken about having third baseman Pablo Sandoval playing a limited amount at catcher when he comes back from injury with Buster Posey out for the season.
This will make for a flexible left-side of the infield lineup with multiple players seeing starts including Sandoval, Hall, Miguel Tejada, Brandon Crawford, Emmanuel Burriss, and Mike Fontenot, who will be coming off of an the disabled list.