Sanchez could come off DL next week

Sanchez could come off DL next week

SAN FRANCISCO -- May 19 has materialized as the earliest possible date for Giants second baseman Freddy Sanchez to be activated from the 15-day disabled list.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Wednesday that Sanchez, who's on a rehabilitation assignment in the Minor Leagues to test his recovery from left shoulder surgery, will remain with high-Class A San Jose through Friday. Then Sanchez will join Triple-A Fresno for a series at Oklahoma City Saturday through Tuesday.

At that point, the Giants will evaluate Sanchez's progress. Bochy said that they won't necessarily rush him back into the lineup to compensate for the likes of Mark DeRosa (left wrist) or Edgar Renteria (right groin), if they remain absent. San Francisco is willing to wait until Sanchez is physically prepared to play regularly.

"When he comes up here, we're not bringing him up to play him a day and rest him a day," Bochy said of Sanchez. "There will be no restrictions."

DeRosa left AT&T Park in mid-afternoon to have more medical tests performed on his ailing wrist. Though the Giants would prefer to rest him over the next couple of days to give the numbness in his left hand's ring and little fingers a chance to subside, DeRosa has offered his services off the bench as a pinch-hitter or defensive replacement.

"He has expressed his desire to be used if we want to use him," Bochy said.