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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.

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.

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