BP likely for Panda soon; setback for Sanchez

BP likely for Panda soon; setback for Sanchez

MIAMI -- Switch-hitter Pablo Sandoval is expected to be ready to rejoin the Giants in two weeks, and he could begin taking batting practice even sooner than that.

Manager Bruce Bochy said Sunday that he's "pretty sure" Sandoval will start taking batting practice again early next week. Sandoval was placed on the 15-day disabled list on May 3, one day after he fractured the hamate bone in his left wrist.

"He's real close," Bochy said. "I don't have a date, but he's doing quite well."

The news wasn't as encouraging regarding Freddy Sanchez, who is now battling a sore lower back along with trying to complete his recovery from a dislocated right shoulder that required surgery last August.

Bochy revealed Sunday that Sanchez received another epidural injection in his back recently. Still, the Giants are hoping the second baseman can overcome the injuries.

"We're not giving up on him," Bochy said. "But it's an obvious setback."