Now catching for the Fresno Grizzlies: Hector Sanchez

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Hector Sanchez, shown here during a 2012 Triple-A rehab assignment, becomes the Fresno Grizzlies’ full-time catcher effective immediately.

If you thought Hector Sanchez was frustrated by his recent demotion to Triple-A Fresno, think again.

Sure, Sanchez would rather be in the big leagues. But he also wants to play. And the 23-year-old catcher wasn’t doing much of that with the San Francisco Giants. He had only appeared in 11 games, six of them as a pinch-hitter. He hit .150 (3 for 20) with one RBI.

Sanchez made his Fresno Grizzlies’ season debut in Monday’s 7-5 victory over the Colorado Springs Sky Sox. It was his first time wearing a catcher’s mask since April 18 in Milwaukee and the first time he squatted nine innings since April 14 in Chicago.

“It’s probably the biggest reason why I’m here,” Sanchez said. “This is what I need, to play day by day and get ready. I’ll get to play every day and get my timing back.”

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