Rehabbing Sanchez inches closer
Giants may get infielder back as early as Sunday
MILWAUKEE -- The timeline for Freddy Sanchez joining the Giants may have moved up after the rehabbing infielder went 1-for-3 with Triple-A Fresno on Thursday.
The newly acquired second baseman, who has missed 16 games with a left shoulder strain, was originally penciled in for a Labor Day return when the Giants open a series at home against the Padres. Instead, San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said Sanchez "possibly" could appear as soon as the Sunday series finale in Milwaukee.
"He felt good and swung the bat well," Bochy said. "We'll see how he gets through the game tonight, talk to him and see where he's at. There's still a chance he could join us here, maybe the last day [of the series]. If not, he'll be there the day we get back."
Sanchez had a double and scored a run in the loss to Las Vegas. Fresno opened a three-game series in Reno on Friday night.
Sanchez is hitting .304 with the Giants in 13 games since his acquisition from the Pirates in a July 29 trade.
JR Radcliffe is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.