SAN FRANCISCO -- Pablo Sandoval's recent improved hitting will likely mean that he will be moved higher up the lineup than the sixth spot he has been in, Giants manager Bruce Bochy said before Saturday's game.
Before Sandoval was sidelined from May 2 to June 9 with a left wrist injury, the third baseman had been batting third in the Giants' lineup, with Melky Cabrera batting second and Buster Posey at cleanup. Sandoval batted sixth Saturday with Angel Pagan batting fifth.
"I'm going to keep it like it is today, but I will say it is a strong possibility," Bochy said. "We're giving him time to get his swing back from the left side."
Sandoval has hit safely in six of the last nine games and is hitting .357 with four doubles and six RBIs during that span. He hit his first home run since returning from his injury in Friday's 5-1 loss, a solo shot in the bottom of the ninth.
Giants enjoying visits from 2002 players
SAN FRANCISCO -- Sunday's planned reunion of the 2002 National League champion Giants has brought several former players to the clubhouse in the days leading up to the ceremony.
"I think they're enjoying getting to know them. Some of these guys don't know them too well but have heard of them," manager Bruce Bochy said of the current Giants.
Former Giants such as Benito Santiago and Marvin Bernard have been seen around AT&T Park, chatting with the current Giants players and coaching staff.
"This brings more pride in our community," Bochy said. "Players see how the ex-Giants are treated and welcomed back here anytime. It's ongoing here throughout the season. You're always welcomed back. It's like having a second family; it really is."
Junior Giants fundraiser in home stretch
SAN FRANCISCO -- Sunday marks the final opportunity for fans to contribute to the Giants' annual Junior Giants Stretch Drive.The Stretch Drive, created in honor of Hall of Fame first baseman Willie "Stretch" McCovey, supports the Junior Giants, which is the signature endeavor of the Giants Community Fund. The Junior Giants is a non-competitive baseball program with more than 20,000 boys and girls participating in approximately 80 communities throughout Northern California, Nevada and Oregon. A $50 donation gives one child the opportunity to play an entire season in the Junior Giants program. In gratitude, donors will receive a commemorative Buster Posey bobblehead. Higher donation levels, listed on jrgiants.org, also provide thank-you gifts from McCovey or Posey. Volunteers will collect donations at AT&T Park in Willie Mays Plaza and at the Community Clubhouse on the promenade level. Fans also can contribute online at jrgiants.org. For more information on the Giants Community Fund and Junior Giants baseball, visit jrgiants.org or call 877-JR-GIANT.
Bochy was noncommittal on who would catch Tim Lincecum's next start Tuesday against the Nationals, but with Tuesday's start time of 6:35 p.m. ET coming before Wednesday's 11:05 a.m. start, Hector Sanchez may be a likely candidate to start Tuesday, with Posey catching Madison Bumgarner on Wednesday. Sanchez has been behind the plate for the entirety of Lincecum's current 12-inning scoreless streak.
"I know the scenario," Bochy said. "Whoever catches the first one will not catch the second one."
Aubrey Huff is slated to begin a rehab assignment with Class A San Jose on Wednesday, which is expected to go through the All-Star break. Huff has been sidelined since June 13 with a sprained knee.
Brett Bochy, son of the Giants manager, was named to the Eastern League All-Star roster. Currently with the Giants' Double-A Richmond Flying Squirrels, Bochy has gone 5-2 with eight saves and a 1.59 ERA in 24 appearances, limiting batters to a .144 batting average. He will be joined by right-hander Chris Heston, catcher Tommy Joseph and third baseman Daniel Mayora.