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09/03/09 6:21 PM ET

Sanchez set to start rehab assignment

Giants second baseman could be back Monday

PHILADELPHIA -- Second baseman Freddy Sanchez was expected to begin what the Giants hope will be a brief injury rehabilitation assignment Thursday night with Triple-A Fresno in Las Vegas.

Manager Bruce Bochy said that if Sanchez avoids setbacks with his strained left shoulder, the 2006 National League batting champion should rejoin the team when it returns home to open a three-game series Monday against the San Diego Padres.

Though it's unlikely that Sanchez would be activated from the 15-day disabled list before Monday, Bochy didn't rule out the possibility of that happening over the weekend in Milwaukee if other infielders were injured and an emergency arose.

Sanchez's reclaiming of second base would leave one less spot to fill for utilityman Juan Uribe, who entered Thursday batting .326 (14-for-43) while starting 12 of San Francisco's previous 14 games. Bochy said that if Uribe keeps hitting well, he would consider moving Pablo Sandoval to first base and using Uribe at third.

"We're going to go with the hot hand, and Juan's done a terrific job," Bochy said.

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