SAN FRANCISCO -- Pablo Sandoval, National League All-Star? It's a possibility.Injuries to Philadelphia's Placido Polanco and Atlanta's Chipper Jones, the third basemen currently on the NL All-Star squad, have made Sandoval a candidate to be added to the team that will face its American League counterparts in Tuesday's Midsummer Classic at Phoenix. The Reds' Scott Rolen was named Saturday to replace Jones, while Polanco hopes to test his ailing back Sunday and remain the NL's starting third baseman. "It's fair to say he has a shot," said Giants manager Bruce Bochy, who happens to be the NL All-Star skipper and will have a hand in selecting the third-base replacements. "He missed a lot of time, but he's been doing a nice job." Sandoval missed 40 games after fracturing his right hamate bone and undergoing surgery. But he entered Saturday batting .317 (26-for-82) with 10 doubles, three homers and 12 RBIs during a 19-game hitting streak that he extended to 20 games with a first-inning double Saturday. Overall, Sandoval was hitting .301 with eight homers and 27 RBIs. Other leading possibilities include Aramis Ramirez of the Chicago Cubs (.299, 15 homers, 50 RBIs) and Chase Headley of the San Diego Padres (.301, two homers, 31 RBIs). Since Bochy envisioned Polanco as a potential utility man, Bochy said that whoever's added should be capable at more than one position.
"Which I think fits Pablo," he said, referring to Sandoval's ability to play first base and catch.Bochy added that a decision could be announced as early as Saturday night.
Bochy liking Tejada at second base
SAN FRANCISCO -- The sight of Miguel Tejada playing second base could become more and more common in the early days following the All-Star break and perhaps beyond that, manager Bruce Bochy indicated."We're looking at him playing a lot of second base," Bochy said Saturday as Tejada prepared to start at that spot for the fourth time in five games. Pablo Sandoval's all-around excellence at third base and Brandon Crawford's slick defense at shortstop prevent Tejada from claiming much playing time at either of those positions. But Tejada's mini-resurgence at the plate has prompted Bochy to try to keep him in the lineup. Entering Saturday, Tejada was hitting .361 (13-for-36) with two home runs and six RBIs in his previous 10 games. Bochy said that Tejada's arm strength, which is probably his most prominent defensive asset at this stage of his career, comes in handy on backhanded plays at second base, though he's still acquainting himself with plays that force him to move to his left. Until this past week, Tejada, 37, had never played second base in his previous 2,100 Major League appearances.
Jim Riggleman, who resigned from his post as Washington's manager late last month, will interview for a position within the Giants organization next week, Nationals site reporter Bill Ladson of MLB.com confirmed. The Giants have several experienced baseball men of Riggleman's ilk, such as Lou Piniella, serving as special assistants to general manager Brian Sabean. ... Bochy said that he has essentially decided on the order of the Giants' starting rotation coming out of the All-Star break, though he declined to divulge it. Bochy said that the pitching sequence will not be affected by whether Tim Lincecum or Ryan Vogelsong appears in Tuesday's All-Star Game.
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.