Sanchez went 1-for-2 with a walk and a solo home run in Thursday's 5-4 loss to Cleveland. Sanchez, who started at second base in place of the resting Nick Madrigal, popped his first home run of the season in the third inning. The utility infielder, who will also fill in at third base and shortstop, has played sporadically since rejoining the organization in late August.
Sanchez's contract was purchased Monday from the White Sox's alternate training site. Sanchez is known more for his glove than his bat, and he will replace Ryan Goins as the team's bench infielder going forward. He is not in Monday's lineup against the Twins.
Sanchez signed a minor-league deal with the White Sox on Tuesday, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports. He will presumably join the team's 60-man player pool once he clears COVID-19 testing. Sanchez has spent the bulk of his career with the White Sox, but it is unclear where he could break into the big-league mix, as Nick Madrigal (shoulder) is expected back soon.
Sanchez was released by the Giants on Friday, Amy Gutierrez of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. Sanchez didn't make the Giants' Opening Day roster as he dealt with back spasms. After returning to health, he worked at alternate camp but was granted his release by the Giants in order to pursue other opportunities. The 28-year-old has shown to be capable of handling a major-league workload when he's healthy as he hit .252/.318/.321 with two home runs and 43 RBI over 149 games with the White Sox last season. While his power numbers have decreased over the past two seasons, it wouldn't be surprising to see him latch on with another organization.
Sanchez (back) is feeling better and recently resumed baseball activities, Maria I. Guardado of MLB.com reports. Sanchez was left off the Giants' Opening Day roster with back spasms, but he was recently able to return to the field. If he can build his strength back up, he could fill a reserve infielder role on the 30-man roster.
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