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Pablo Sandoval to begin minor league rehab assignment Friday

Aug 9, 2012, 7:31 PM EDT

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Pablo Sandoval hasn’t played since straining his left hamstring while stretching for a throw at first base on July 24, but he’s ready to return to game action.

According to Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com, Sandoval is scheduled to play five innings at third base tomorrow when he begins a minor league rehab assignment with High-A San Jose. Giants manager Bruce Bochy thinks he “more than likely would play two of three games down there” before returning, which means he’ll likely be activated for Monday’s series opener against the Nationals if all goes well.

Sandoval, 25, is batting .299/.352/.491 with eight home runs, 33 RBI and an .843 OPS in 62 games played this season. The recently-acquired Marco Scutaro has filled in quite nicely at third base, including a career-high seven RBI last night, but he’ll likely see more playing time between second base and shortstop once Sandoval is ready to return.

  1. Marty - Aug 10, 2012 at 1:46 AM

    I doubt he will be put at 1b again this season. Shame, it was an entertaining option.

    • temporarilyexiled - Aug 10, 2012 at 7:28 AM

      I have to agree. He seemed to play the position well…that is…until his (lack of) conditioning got the better of him. If the Giants ever do find a power bat that can play third, he’d be a good first baseman.

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