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07/30/09 9:45 PM ET

Sanchez's Giants debut a few days away

Second baseman could play vs. Phillies; Rowand doing better

SAN FRANCISCO -- Newly acquired second baseman Freddy Sanchez was expected to use most or all of the 72-hour period that Major League rules allow him before he officially reports to the Giants.

Manager Bruce Bochy said Thursday that he believes Sanchez, who's recovering from a left knee injury, will be ready to play by the "back end" of San Francisco's series against the Philadelphia Phillies. Translation: He'll make his Giants debut Saturday or Sunday.

Sanchez, obtained Wednesday from the Pittsburgh Pirates for right-handed pitching prospect Tim Alderson, was at AT&T Park in the early afternoon to undergo treatment on his injured left knee. He then left the park to attend to personal matters.

To avoid playing shorthanded, the Giants won't drop a player from their active 25-man roster to accommodate Sanchez until he's fit. They did clear a spot on the 40-man roster by reinstating right-hander Billy Sadler from the Minor League disabled list and designating him for assignment. Sadler was 5-3 with a 5.34 ERA in 13 starts for Triple-A Fresno.

On another injury-related issue, Bochy reported that center fielder Aaron Rowand began throwing at a 120-foot distance and felt much better. A torn tendon in Rowand's right forearm has prevented him from starting since July 20, though he has been able to pinch-hit.

Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.