Panda ready to rehab, could return June 8

Panda ready to rehab, could return June 8

SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval may be heading on a rehab assignment as early as this weekend, manager Bruce Bochy said before Friday's game against the Cubs.

Sandoval fractured a bone in his left wrist on May 2, and the switch-hitter has been taking batting practice from the left side and dry swings from the right, as well as fielding practice.

Bochy said the Giants have received the go-ahead from team doctors, and will send Sandoval on most likely a 4-5 game rehab assignment with Class A Advanced San Jose even though he isn't ready to bat right-handed. Sandoval could be ready to rejoin the Giants by June 8, when the Giants start a series against the Rangers.

"It'll help speed things up," Bochy said. "I've got a pretty good idea of how long things are going to take, looking at last year."

Last season, Sandoval missed 6 1/2 weeks after fracturing the same bone in his right wrist.

Before his injury, Sandoval had been hitting .316 with five home runs and 15 RBIs in 24 games played.