Sanchez headed to Triple-A for rehab assignment

Sanchez headed to Triple-A for rehab assignment

SAN FRANCISCO -- Hector Sanchez will head to Triple-A Fresno starting Thursday for a rehab assignment and expects to play six games for the Grizzlies before returning Aug. 2 when he is eligible to be activated from the disabled list, he said before Wednesday's game against the Padres.

Sanchez said that the training staff has planned for him to catch five innings in Fresno's game on Thursday and that he will also be playing first base during the rehab assignment. The Giants' backup catcher has been sidelined since July 17 with a sprained knee.

"I'm not sure what the game plan will be exactly, but I feel good, I don't have any problems right now," Sanchez said.

Sanchez has been performing regular baseball activities recently, including catching Barry Zito's bullpen session before Wednesday's game.

"We put him through a lot today with catching and running the bases and taking some ground balls," manager Bruce Bochy said. "He's ready to go, and we thought he'd be ready once his time was up."