Sanchez's return could shuffle Giants lineup

Sanchez's return could shuffle Giants lineup

SAN DIEGO -- Second baseman Freddy Sanchez's return to the lineup, which could happen as early as Wednesday, will give Giants manager Bruce Bochy multiple options for filling out the batting order.

Bochy gave only one indication regarding what he'll do when Sanchez, who has recovered from an injured left shoulder, leaves the 15-day disabled list: Aaron Rowand is likely to stay in the leadoff spot, at least for the near future.

Other than that, Bochy said Tuesday, "You'll know soon enough."

Possibilities include installing Sanchez into the No. 2 position, batting him third while leaving Rowand and Andres Torres in the top two spots or elevating Torres to leadoff, batting Sanchez second and finding a new niche for Rowand.

As a speedy switch-hitter, Torres fits the leadoff prototype more closely than Rowand. But Bochy reminded that before Torres launched his push for playing time, Rowand was better suited for leadoff than anyone in the Opening Day lineup.

"Sure, we've thought about tweaking the lineup," Bochy said. "This team has a lot of moveable parts. ... That's why we're having some lengthy discussions about our club."