Second baseman Freddy Sanchez continued his injury rehabilitation stint with Class-A San Jose Thursday by going 3-for-3 with two doubles and one RBI as the Giants pounded Visalia 21-9.
The 31-year-old is coming back from shoulder surgery. He's headed for a short stay with the Triple-A Fresno Grizzlies. The Giants expect him to be with the big league club and in the starting lineup next week.
It appears that the Giants will most likely put Mark DeRosa on the disabled list with a ruptured tendon in his surgically-repaired left wrist. That will make room on the 25-man roster for Sanchez.
Sanchez has shown no ill effects from the shoulder surgery while in San Jose.
The former Pittsburgh Pirates star has a career batting average of .299 and won a batting title with a .344 batting average in 2006.
While Sanchez has been injured since the Giants acquired him in a late-season trade in 2009, the second baseman has no history of injuries keeping out of the big league lineup. In his first five, full-time seasons in the big leagues he appeared in 132 games, 157, 145, and 147 games respectively before appearing in just 111 in '09.
When healthy, he is expected to give the Giants a productive hitter in the No. 2 spot behind center fielder Aaron Rowand. Rowand is hitting .278 with four home runs and 17 RBIs in the lead-off spot.