Sandoval poised to move up in batting order

Sandoval poised to move up in batting order

SAN FRANCISCO -- Pablo Sandoval's recent improved hitting will likely mean that he will be moved higher up the lineup than the sixth spot he has been in, Giants manager Bruce Bochy said before Saturday's game.

Before Sandoval was sidelined from May 2 to June 9 with a left wrist injury, the third baseman had been batting third in the Giants' lineup, with Melky Cabrera batting second and Buster Posey at cleanup. Sandoval batted sixth Saturday with Angel Pagan batting fifth.

"I'm going to keep it like it is today, but I will say it is a strong possibility," Bochy said. "We're giving him time to get his swing back from the left side."

Sandoval has hit safely in six of the last nine games and is hitting .357 with four doubles and six RBIs during that span. He hit his first home run since returning from his injury in Friday's 5-1 loss, a solo shot in the bottom of the ninth.