It happened in the fifth inning of Friday night’s eventual 3-2 walk-off win by San Francisco over Cincinnati

Giants second baseman Freddie Sanchez made a full-extension dive to his right to stop a ground ball from escaping the infield. 

Sanchez corralled the ball before collapsing in a heap, writhing in pain clutching his right arm. Manager Bruce Bochy told reporters after the game that Sanchez had suffered a dislocated shoulder and would be more fully evaluated Saturday.

If it is a “simple” dislocation, his absence might be confined to a few weeks. Early indications are that Sanchez will be on the disabled list for 15 days. That’s encouraging news.

Bochy does the “stiff upper lip” thing as well as any manager, but even he appeared a bit ashen while discussing this latest in a series of devastating injuries to key contributors.

How much more of this can his club absorb?

And how will the Giants adapt? Here are six options after the Freddie Sanchez injury.

(Update: The Giants signed former Astro Bill Hall earlier today; see option #6 for comment)

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