{}
CLOSE

Now Commenting On:

{"content":["interleague_play" ] }

Ortmeier nearing rehab assignment

Ortmeier nearing rehab assignment

|
KANSAS CITY -- Giants outfielder Daniel Ortmeier almost is ready to begin rehabbing.

San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said Ortmeier could start swinging the bat in the next few days, and he envisions a stint in the Minor Leagues before Ortmeier comes back to the Giants.

"He needs playing time," Bochy said, "and he needs it bad."

Ortmeier didn't quite have the early season success he hoped for. After hitting .287 with six home runs and 16 RBIs in 62 games last year, he never quite regained the touch.

His average was up as high as .295 on May 8, but Ortmeier started slumping, getting just one hit in his next 20 at-bats. On May 30, with his average at .219, he went on the disabled list with a broken left middle finger.

Since then, Ortmeier's been away from baseball, but that should change in a few days. Once Ortmeier is ready, Bochy wants to see him get at least three solid at-bats a day at the Minor League level and prepare again for the big leagues. Bochy pointed to Eugenio Velez as an example of someone who has used a trip to the Minors to improve.

Velez, who was sent down to Triple-A Fresno in late May, has hit .330 in 26 games with the Grizzlies.

"That's what you want to see," Bochy said. "That's why you make those moves, sending down to get confidence back and game back."

Mark Dent is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

{"content":["interleague_play" ] }
{"content":["interleague_play" ] }
Boys and Girls Club of America

©2014 MLBAM, LP. All rights reserved.

The following are trademarks or service marks of Major League Baseball entities and may be used only with permission of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. or the relevant Major League Baseball entity: Major League, Major League Baseball, MLB, the silhouetted batter logo, World Series, National League, American League, Division Series, League Championship Series, All-Star Game, and the names, nicknames, logos, uniform designs, color combinations, and slogans designating the Major League Baseball clubs and entities, and their respective mascots, events and exhibitions. Use of the Website signifies your agreement to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy (updated May 24, 2013).

View MLB.com in English | En Español