SAN DIEGO -- Left-hander Jonathan Sanchez, acquired by the Rockies on Friday, struggled this season with the Royals. But the Carlos Gonzalez remembers a pitcher who was unhittable as an opponent, and one he's glad to now have as a teammate.
Before this season, Sanchez pitched for the Giants and faced the Rockies often, usually successfully. Gonzalez not only was 0-for-17 against him, but in 2010 -- on his way to the National League batting title -- a Sanchez pitch that Gonzalez fouled off left him with a painful right thumb and wrist injury that robbed him of home run power in the final days of the season.
"When I see him, I'm going to say, 'You cost me a wrist injury, my thumb, 0-for-ever,'" Gonzalez said. "He's a good pitcher, a tough lefty. Hopefully he'll join the team and be back to where he was, one of those dominating lefties who can help the Rockies win the division and win a lot of ballgames."
Sanchez, 29, was 1-6 with a 7.76 ERA in 12 starts for the Royals. However, few of the current Rockies hit Sanchez well when he was with the Giants from 2006-11