ATLANTA — Already banged up for the playoff race, the World Series champion Giants received another blow Tuesday night when LHP Jonathan Sanchez sprained his left ankle.
Sanchez was hustling to scoop up a sacrifice bunt by Braves pitcher Randall Delgado in the third inning when he slipped in front of the mound, rolling his left ankle before he made an awkward throw to first base from the ground.
Sanchez threw one more pitch, which was nearly over the head of Michael Bourn. He limped off and was replaced by Guillermo Mota.
The Giants began the day putting two players on the 15-day disabled list, RF Carlos Beltran and RH reliever Sergio Romo.
"We got hit pretty hard," manager Bruce Bochy said. "But we're not the only club. We're not going to make excuses."
Beltran went on the DL retroactive to Aug. 8 with a strained right hand. Romo was disabled retroactive to Aug. 10 with inflammation in his right elbow.
INF Jeff Keppinger got an MRI exam on his sprained right wrist. And OFs Aaron Rowand (strained rib cage) and Nate Schierholtz (right foot bruise) were ruled out of Tuesday's game.
PITCHER FEELS 'LUCKY': Rockies RHP Juan Nicasio fractured his neck when he was struck by a line drive.
The rookie, speaking publicly for the first time since the Aug. 5 incident, knows his injuries could have been much worse, and he also knows that he wants to get back on the mound.
"I'm lucky. The ball hit me right there," he said, pointing to his right temple. "A lot of people who have that injury don't live."
Nicasio received a standing ovation from the Coors Field crowd when he stepped out of the dugout with his mother and waved during the second inning.
THOME RESTS: Jim Thome sat in the dugout, looking upbeat and relaxed less than 24 hours after hitting his 600th home run.
As word of the milestone made its way around baseball, messages began pouring in.
"It was pretty special," said the Twins DH, who got the night off. "A lot of ex-teammates, just friends in the game, and a lot of people from home. Pretty cool. Very cool."
DODGERS SAGA: A Delaware bankruptcy judge denied a request by a Dodger Stadium souvenir vendor to force the team to decide quickly whether it will maintain its contract.
GUARDS investigated: Security guards at the federal courthouse in Washington are under investigation for illegally accepting baseballs autographed by star RHP Roger Clemens after his criminal trial.
YOUNG DEAL COMPLETED: The Twins acquired RHP Lester Oliveros from the Tigers to complete the trade that sent former Rays OF Delmon Young to Detroit.
BLUE JAYS: RHP Jon Rauch went on the 15-day disabled list after the closer had an emergency appendectomy in Seattle.
CARDINALS: RHP Shelby Miller, one of baseball's best prospects, was suspended from Double-A Springfield for a "violation of team policy."
D'BACKS: The contract of LHP Wade Miley was bought from Triple-A Reno after RHP Jason Marquis went on the 15-day disabled list with a fractured right fibula.
PHILLIES: An MRI exam on LHP Cole Hamels revealed inflammation in his pitching shoulder. Hamels will skip a turn in the rotation and be re-evaluated.
PIRATES: LF Jose Tabata was activated from the disabled list. 3B Pedro Alvarez was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis.
WHITE SOX: C A.J. Pierzynski went on the 15-day disabled list with a fractured left wrist. He said he hopes to return by Sept. 1.