Sandoval to miss a couple of games on leave

Sandoval to miss a couple of games on leave

PHOENIX -- Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval is expected to leave the club Sunday morning to return to his home in Venezuela for personal reasons.

Manager Bruce Bochy said Saturday on his pregame radio show on KNBR that Sandoval will miss at least Sunday's and Monday's games but hopes to rejoin the team Tuesday in San Francisco, where the Giants will face the Florida Marlins.

Sandoval, who leads the Giants with 96 games played out of a possible 98, entered Saturday hitting .266 with six home runs and 41 RBIs.

During Sandoval's absence, Juan Uribe likely will play third base, with Edgar Renteria occupying shortstop and Freddy Sanchez returning to second base. Sanchez, mired in a 7-for-44 slump spanning his last 11 games, received Saturday off.

"More than anything, he's just getting out of his zone," Bochy said of Sanchez, who's batting .267 overall. "He has to calm down a little bit up there. Sometimes you get a little tired and you expand your zone."