07/09/11 8:29 PM ET
Bochy liking Tejada at second base
By Chris Haft / MLB.com
Sandoval has shot at being an All-Star
SAN FRANCISCO -- Pablo Sandoval, National League All-Star? It's a possibility.Injuries to Philadelphia's Placido Polanco and Atlanta's Chipper Jones, the third basemen currently on the NL All-Star squad, have made Sandoval a candidate to be added to the team that will face its American League counterparts in Tuesday's Midsummer Classic at Phoenix. The Reds' Scott Rolen was named Saturday to replace Jones, while Polanco hopes to test his ailing back Sunday and remain the NL's starting third baseman. "It's fair to say he has a shot," said Giants manager Bruce Bochy, who happens to be the NL All-Star skipper and will have a hand in selecting the third-base replacements. "He missed a lot of time, but he's been doing a nice job." Sandoval missed 40 games after fracturing his right hamate bone and undergoing surgery. But he entered Saturday batting .317 (26-for-82) with 10 doubles, three homers and 12 RBIs during a 19-game hitting streak that he extended to 20 games with a first-inning double Saturday. Overall, Sandoval was hitting .301 with eight homers and 27 RBIs. Other leading possibilities include Aramis Ramirez of the Chicago Cubs (.299, 15 homers, 50 RBIs) and Chase Headley of the San Diego Padres (.301, two homers, 31 RBIs). Since Bochy envisioned Polanco as a potential utility man, Bochy said that whoever's added should be capable at more than one position.
"Which I think fits Pablo," he said, referring to Sandoval's ability to play first base and catch.Bochy added that a decision could be announced as early as Saturday night.
Jim Riggleman, who resigned from his post as Washington's manager late last month, will interview for a position within the Giants organization next week, Nationals site reporter Bill Ladson of MLB.com confirmed. The Giants have several experienced baseball men of Riggleman's ilk, such as Lou Piniella, serving as special assistants to general manager Brian Sabean. ... Bochy said that he has essentially decided on the order of the Giants' starting rotation coming out of the All-Star break, though he declined to divulge it. Bochy said that the pitching sequence will not be affected by whether Tim Lincecum or Ryan Vogelsong appears in Tuesday's All-Star Game.
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.