Sandoval about a week away from returning

Sandoval about a week away from returning

DENVER -- Third baseman Pablo Sandoval likely will need another week to recover from his strained left hamstring before he can be reinstated from the disabled list, manager Bruce Bochy said.

Sandoval will become eligible for activation Thursday. But he apparently will need additional time to heal sufficiently and sharpen his baseball-related skills, which he already has begun doing by taking batting and fielding practice.

Bochy said that Sandoval, who's batting .299 with eight home runs and 33 RBIs in 62 games, could be activated a day or two earlier or later than expected.

"But I go on what the trainers say, and they're guessing about a week," Bochy added.

Since being acquired from Colorado and replacing Sandoval at third base, Marco Scutaro had hit safely in seven of eight games while batting .355 (11-for-31) entering Sunday.