PHOENIX -- Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval is expected to leave the club Sunday morning to return to his home in Venezuela for personal reasons.Manager Bruce Bochy said Saturday on his pregame radio show on KNBR that Sandoval will miss at least Sunday's and Monday's games but hopes to rejoin the team Tuesday in San Francisco, where the Giants will face the Florida Marlins. Sandoval, who leads the Giants with 96 games played out of a possible 98, entered Saturday hitting .266 with six home runs and 41 RBIs. During Sandoval's absence, Juan Uribe likely will play third base, with Edgar Renteria occupying shortstop and Freddy Sanchez returning to second base. Sanchez, mired in a 7-for-44 slump spanning his last 11 games, received Saturday off. "More than anything, he's just getting out of his zone," Bochy said of Sanchez, who's batting .267 overall. "He has to calm down a little bit up there. Sometimes you get a little tired and you expand your zone."
Aurilia, Estes to join Giants Wall of Fame
PHOENIX -- Rich Aurilia and Shawn Estes, two of the most popular Giants during the team's renaissance in the late 1990s and early 2000s, will have their plaques unveiled on the club's Wall of Fame before next Saturday's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers.The ceremony is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. PT. Aurilia, primarily a shortstop, spent all or part of 12 seasons (1995-2003, 2007-09) with the Giants, for whom he hit .275 with 143 home runs and 574 RBIs. He batted .275 with 186 homers and 756 RBIs in his 15-year Major League career. Estes posted a 64-50 record with a 4.25 ERA for the Giants from 1995-2001. The left-hander finished 101-93 with a 4.71 ERA in his 13-year career. Aurilia and Estes raise the number of players honored on the wall to 46. Requirements for recognition include spending a minimum of nine seasons with the San Francisco Giants, or playing at least five seasons for San Francisco while making at least one National League All-Star team as a Giant. Besides meeting the longevity requirement, Aurilia was an All-Star in 2001. Estes earned that distinction in 1997 to guarantee his Wall status.
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.