Sandoval getting closer to return from DL

Sandoval getting closer to return from DL

Sandoval getting closer to return from DL
ST. LOUIS -- If all keeps going well in Pablo Sandoval's rehabilitation for his strained left hamstring, the club could have him back in the lineup during its next homestand.

San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said before Tuesday's game in St. Louis that Sandoval will run the bases Wednesday. The plan is to potentially have Sandoval play a game or two in a rehab stint with Class A San Jose when the Giants return to San Francisco at the end of their seven-game road trip.

If Sandoval continues to improve, he could be available by Sunday's series finale against Colorado or for Monday's game against Washington. Bochy said both Sandoval and team athletic trainers will make sure Sandoval is 100 percent before activating him.

"You have to be cautious with game speeds and reaction," Bochy said. "If you're not 100 percent, you're probably going to reinjure it."

In Sandoval's absence, recently acquired third baseman Marco Scutaro has filled in seamlessly. Scutaro, traded to the Giants from Colorado on July 27, is batting .316 (12-for-28) with six RBIs in his 10 games with San Francisco entering Tuesday's action.

Scutaro had hit .271 in 95 games with the Rockies this season. He said Tuesday that he hasn't been doing anything differently at the plate recently.

"They're finding some holes, I guess," Scutaro said. "This has been kind of a weird year just because I've been hitting the ball well with no luck. Sometimes you go through those things, not as long it's been this year. On the other hand, after the ball leaves the bat, you have no control."

After starting nine games at third, Scutaro is penciled in at second base on Tuesday as Bochy wanted to give Ryan Theriot a day off. Prior to joining the Giants, Scutaro had last played third in 2008 for Toronto.

"I'm just here to do whatever they ask me to do," said Scutaro.