Checking In With Tony…

Had the chance to talk to Tony Sanchez this morning after his workout at Pirate City.  Even with his jaw wired shut he’s still able to engage in physical activity.  Every morning he comes to PC to hit, throw and/or lift from about 8:15 to 10:30.  He does have to pace himself though — it can be hard to get enough air with your jaw wired together.

The good news for Sanchez is that it shouldn’t be that much longer.  He has just 11 days left until he can get his jaw opened up (July 23rd).  He said it will be at least another three weeks until he could think about a return to the playing field after the wiring comes off.

As for Sanchez’s health, he’s lost 13 pounds since he was hit, which when you think about it isn’t nearly as much as you might have thought.  His daily diet consists of anything from smoothies to soups (he mentioned tomato) to blended dinners.

The blending of the dinners is actually kind of interesting.  Last night Sanchez said he had Chef Boyardee lasagna blended into a liquid.  What makes it possible for him to do that is that there’s already kind of a liquidy base to Chef Boyardee (if you’ve evechef.jpgr opened a can of it you know what I’m talking about).  That fact makes it easier to blend.  Tony couldn’t go to the Italian restaurant, buy lasagna and then go home and blend it — it would be too thick to take through a straw.  In order to do that you’d have to add something…and lasagna and water in a smoothie doesn’t sound too good.

His workouts ending at 10:30ish, Tony has a ton of free time for the rest of the day.  Most of it is spent with a remote controller in his hand.  He’s taken to playing FIFA World Cup Soccer with injured shortstop Brock Holt.  Tony called it a frustrating endeavor and said jokingly that “when Brock beats me I hate him.” 

Other than playing video games Tony also watches Holt eat.  That’s the less fun of the two activities.

There are a couple other things to think about.  Tony can’t yawn.  Sneezing is a challenge and “eating” makes him “look like a caveman.”  He said you can easily end up wearing a lot of liquid – especially when using a spoon.

Other than that Tony seemed in good spirits as always and is counting down the next 11 days.

Till next time…



About Joel Godett
Joel Godett is in his secod year broadcasting Bradenton Marauders baseball. His career has carried him from Syracuse to Buffalo, Roanoke, Cape Cod, Tampa and Bradenton. He is originally from New Jersey and somehow grew up an Atlanta Braves fan.

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