The sweet-swinging Freddy Sanchez is still hindered by a strained right knee ligament. The injury happened on March 6th when he was turning a double play and was supposed to be a day-to-day thing. It's been 2 1/2 weeks and he's still not ready.
"It's frustrating. It's very disappointing, and I'd be lying if I said it wasn't," Sanchez said Friday.Still no word on when he is expected back and whether he'll even be ready for the Pittsburgh Pirates' opener on April 2nd in Houston.
Sanchez can still hit. He can still field grounders. All that's keeping him off the field is the inability to run at full speed. Until he's confident that he can try to stretch a single into a double or turn a DP without feeling any pain, he won't be playing.