Lefty Sanchez may soon rehab in Arizona

Lefty Sanchez may soon rehab in Arizona

SAN FRANCISCO -- Jonathan Sanchez is likely bound for the Giants' training complex in Scottsdale, Ariz., to continue rehabilitating his sprained left ankle. But the left-hander still wants to pitch again this season.

Manager Bruce Bochy said that Sanchez, who hurt himself Aug. 16 at Atlanta, probably will head for Arizona on Wednesday along with catcher Buster Posey (left leg) when the rest of the team leaves for a three-city, 10-game trip. Sanchez's immediate future could be determined by how his ankle responds to a scheduled throwing session on flat ground Tuesday.

"It wasn't getting better, so I took a week off without throwing," said Sanchez, who began the season as San Francisco's No. 2 starter. "I want to finish the season healthy."

Sanchez admitted that if he returned, he'd have to perform in relief, since he doesn't have time to build up the stamina to start.

Posey will keep working on regaining strength and range of motion in his leg until he's able to catch pitchers' bullpen sessions.