Trading for Cabrera 'academic' for Sabean
CINCINNATI -- Freddy Sanchez is expected to undergo season-ending right shoulder surgery soon, Miguel Tejada's return from the disabled list is iffy, Mike Fontenot needed a single off an infielder's glove to break an 0-for-22 streak, and rookie Brandon Crawford was hitting .190.
"Pretty academic, isn't it?" Giants G.M. Brian Sabean said when asked his logic for acquiring veteran Orlando Cabrera to play shortstop.
"Our guys look overmatched with the bat, and he has experience. We considered it an upgrade. "... We had to react to being undermanned, and we couldn't pass up the opportunity."
Sabean said no decision has been made regarding Sanchez, who was lost in June to a dislocated shoulder. But with his recovery timetable starting to bleed into 2012, the All-Star second baseman is "behind the 8-ball with each passing day," Sabean said.
The Giants optioned Crawford to Triple-A Fresno to clear space for Cabrera, who was 0 for 3 Sunday but showed some energetic glove work in his Giants debut. He confirmed that he nearly signed with the club in the offseason.
Cabrera was very glad to escape Cleveland, where he'd become a bench guy with rookie Jason Kipnis' promotion.
"People forget I've done too much in this game," said Tejada, who is on the disabled list with an abdominal strain. "All the things you guys put in the papers, that I don't have range in this game, I'll prove it. "... All the reporters in San Francisco forget who I am."
Tejada is eligible to return Wednesday, but Bochy said the veteran infielder "is still not able to move" and is "a couple weeks" from returning.
-- ANDREW BAGGARLY