Sanchez, Badenhop optioned
When Spring Training began, Gaby Sanchez was a frontrunner to win the first base job. But the 25-year-old Miami native was hampered by a sore left knee and batted .194 in 36 at-bats.
On Tuesday. Sanchez and right-hander Burke Badenhop were optioned to Triple-A New Orleans.
Badenhop appeared in seven Graprefruit League games, and he’s thrown 11 Grapefruit League innings.
With Sanchez being sent down, it pretty much guarantees that Emilio Bonifacio will be the third baseman. Jorge Cantu will shift to first base.
Sanchez enjoyed a strong 2008 season at Double-A Carolina, batting .314 with 17 home runs and 92 RBIs. He was named the MVP of the Southern League.
– Joe Frisaro