SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Second baseman Freddy Sanchez left the San Francisco Giants’ game with Cincinnati after appearing to injure his right hand while diving for a ground ball in the fifth inning.

Sanchez made a backhand grab of Brandon Phillips’ sharp grounder up the middle but used his right hand to brace himself as he slid on the edge of the outfield grass. Sanchez, who underwent surgery on his left shoulder in December, was on his knees and flicked the ball away with his glove as manager Bruce Bochy and assistant athletic trainer Mark Gruesbeck rushed from the dugout.

Sanchez was helped up and walked off the field but with his right arm held up by Gruesbeck.

Rookie Brandon Crawford replaced Sanchez on Friday night.

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