Lefty Sanchez scheduled for first rehab start

Lefty Sanchez scheduled for first rehab start

SAN DIEGO -- Jonathan Sanchez will continue his recovery from biceps tendinitis by pitching Sunday for Class A Advanced San Jose against Inland Empire.

Sanchez is expected to throw approximately 50 pitches at San Jose. If he feels whole after that start, he'll likely make an appearance for Triple-A Fresno before being activated from the 15-day disabled list.

Sanchez was cleared for the San Jose outing after throwing 32 pitches in a simulated game during the Giants' workout Wednesday night at PETCO Park. Throwing his entire array of deliveries, the left-hander tested his arm by facing Andres Torres, Mark DeRosa and Emmanuel Burriss.

"I felt strong," Sanchez said Thursday. "I felt like I could have thrown more pitches."

Giants manager Bruce Bochy sidestepped the issue of how the Giants will clear roster room for Sanchez when he's activated. After all, Bochy still has the luxury of avoiding that conundrum.

"I'll cross that bridge when I we get to it," Bochy said. He added, "If everybody's healthy, maybe it's time to give someone a break."

But Bochy emphasized that he was not committing to a six-man rotation or a situation in which Sanchez would be occasionally slotted into the rotation.