Already banged up for the playoff race, the World Series champion San Francisco Giants received another blow Tuesday night when starting pitcher Jonathan Sanchez left the game with a sprained left ankle.
The left-hander was hustling to scoop up a sacrifice bunt by Braves pitcher Randall Delgado in the third inning when he slipped in front of the mound, rolling his left ankle before he made an awkward throw to first base from the ground.
Sanchez threw one more pitch, which was nearly over the head of Michael Bourn. He limped off the mound and was replaced by Guillermo Mota.
The Giants, mired in a skid that knocked them out of first place in the NL West, began the day putting two players on the 15-day disabled list: outfielder Carlos Beltran (strained right hand) and reliever Sergio Romo (elbow inflammation).
“We got hit pretty hard,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “But we’re not the only club.”
It forced the Giants to activate infielder Miguel Tejada off the DL earlier than expected. He was supposed to go on a minor league rehab assignment after missing 25 games with a lower abdominal strain.
“Desperate times call for desperate measures,” Bochy said.
RED SOX TRIPLE THEIR FUN
The Boston Red Sox turned their first triple play in 17 years on Tuesday night, coming against the Tampa Bay Rays.
B.J. Upton and Casey Kotchman started the top of the fourth inning with singles off of Erik Bedard, who got out of the jam when Sean Rodriguez hit a hard grounder to third.
Jed Lowrie fielded it cleanly, stepped on the base and fired to Dustin Pedroia, who got the ball off quickly to Adrian Gonzalez at first and beat Rodriguez to the bag.
It was Boston’s first triple play since shortstop John Valentin turned one by himself against the Seattle Mariners on July 8, 1994 at Fenway Park.
White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski went on the 15-day disabled list for the first time in his career because of a hairline fracture in his left wrist suffered Friday when he was hit by a pitch. … Teenage Cuban refugee Jose Fernandez, the 14th pick in the June draft out of Alonso High School in Tampa, Fla., agreed to terms with the Marlins only hours before baseball’s draft deadline. … The Twins completed their trade of Delmon Young to the Tigers by acquiring right-hander Lester Oliveros as the player to be named. … The Pirates activated left fielder Jose Tabata, out since June 27 with a strained left quadriceps, from the DL and optioned third baseman Pedro Alvarez to Triple-A Indianapolis. … Phillies All-Star left-hander Cole Hamels will skip at least one turn in the rotation after an magnetic resonance imaging showed inflammation near the rotator cuff. … The Diamondbacks put right-hander Jason Marquis (broken right leg) on the 15-day DL and purchased the contract of left-hander Wade Miley from Triple-A Reno.