Giants ponder some catching for Sandoval

Giants ponder some catching for Sandoval

SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy admitted Friday that he and the Giants braintrust have considered using Pablo Sandoval occasionally at catcher, a position he hasn't played extensively since 2008.

In his daily pregame media briefing, Bochy cited the possibility of playing Sandoval, who's likely to be activated from the disabled list next week, at first base. Bochy then added, "I think he'd be fine behind the plate, too. Don't think we haven't discussed that. It's not something we've ruled out."

In fact, Bochy said that he and San Francisco's other key decision-makers might raise the subject among themselves again, particularly with Buster Posey sidelined for the season.

Bochy emphasized that Sandoval probably would catch about twice a week, if he were to catch at all. Sandoval himself has expressed no desire to return behind the plate.

Sandoval caught in 83 of 112 games for high-Class A San Jose and Double-A Connecticut in 2008 before he was promoted to the Giants in mid-August. He caught 11 games for San Francisco that season and three in 2009.

Bochy expressed the belief that Sandoval would need only a game or two to "get the feeling back" of catching. Sandoval is currently testing his surgically repaired right hand on a Minor League injury rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Fresno.