The theme for 2011 continues — the Giants have had terrible luck staying healthy. It seems very likely that the team will call up LHP Erik Surkamp from Double-A Richmond to fill Sanchez’s rotation spot. That’s the silver lining — if you can find it — in this whole debacle. I’ve always been a fan of Sanchez, but he’s struggled this year and Eric Surkamp has been lighting up the minors since day one. After Surkamp’s start tonight against Bowie, he sits at a 2.03 ERA in 128.1 innings pitched backed by 156 strikeouts to 40 walks. We’re huge fans of Surkamp here on the blog. His stuff might not overpower hitters, but he’s a pitch-ability guy and maybe a little more if his breaking stuff plays as well in the majors as it has in the minors.
After Sanchez went down in tonight’s game, I quickly — and tearfully — compiled the following bar graph:
To this point, the Giants have lost a large portion of their 2010 World Series team to injuries. Posey, Sandoval, and Sanchez have all missed significant time, or in Posey and Sanchez’s case, the entire season of baseball to injuries. Torres has had nagging injuries and he just recently finds himself back on the injured list. Wilson has also had nagging injuries and it’s now become a question of how much it’s affecting him. Not pictured: Sergio Romo, Brandon Belt, and Mark DeRosa. Any team would be hard-pressed to weather the storm of injuries that the 2011 Giants have suffered.
What a year for injuries, what a year …