Giants looking forward to Sandoval's return

Giants looking forward to Sandoval's return

SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Pablo Sandoval continues to make strides toward returning from a fractured left hamate bone, and that the team may know more by the end of Monday about when the third baseman can rejoin the lineup.

"Our doctors will take a look at him today, and I can give you a better answer on what the target date would be for him to come back," Bochy said before Monday's game. "Hopefully it's a couple weeks."

Sandoval was back with the team after staying in Arizona during the team's recent week-long road trip. The third baseman underwent surgery May 4 and was expected to miss four to six weeks. Sandoval missed approximately 6 1/2 weeks last season when he broke his right hamate bone.

Sandoval took some ground balls before Monday's game against the D-backs, and Bochy said he has been taking soft toss swings from the left side of the plate and dry swings from the right, and that he would do a rehab assignment before returning to the Giants.

"We're encouraged with where he's at," Bochy said. "We need him back, so hopefully we'll get some good news when he gets looked at."