SAN FRANCISCO Second baseman Freddy Sanchez encountered a minorsetback, as Giants manager Bruce Bochy termed it, in his rehab from rightshoulder surgery.
Sanchez felt soreness while making a throw in an extendedspring game at Scottsdale on Monday. He was scheduled to play seven innings butcame out after four.
Its nothing major, Bochy said. Just enough to back himoff playing for a day or two.
Sanchez was scheduled to begin a rehab assignment with SanJose as early as Tuesday. Now he wouldnt join the Single-A club until Thursdayat the earliest.
But no tests were ordered and the soreness didnt come as asurprise to Giants officials. Trainer Dave Groeschner told me that he and hisstaff anticipated that Sanchez would deal with bouts of soreness as he pushedhis shoulder and gained arm strength. They had hoped to get Sanchez throughthose periods during the spring, but he wasnt able to make enough progress toplay second base in major league exhibitions.
Sanchez had been doing very well in recent weeks, Groeschnertold me. It was apparent when I watched Sanchez take infield practice duringthe season-opening series at Chase Field that Sanchez was getting much more onhis throws, angling across his body and carrying himself with more confidence all things he wasnt able to show during the spring.
Once Sanchez begins a rehab assignment, he can remain in theminors for a maximum of 20 days. Its likely he will begin at San Jose and thengraduate to Triple-A Fresno. He hasn't played second base in anything beyond a minor league scrimmage since June 8, when he dislocated his shoulder while diving for a ground ball. Sanchez had surgery in late August.
In his absence, the Giants continue to piece together playing time at secondbase with Ryan Theriot and Emmanuel Burriss.
Sergio Romo is headed to the American League.
After being designated for assignment on Thursday, the veteran reliever was traded by the Dodgers along with cash considerations to the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday evening.
The Dodgers will receive cash considerations or a player to be named later.
Romo's first season with the team he grew up rooting for didn't go as planned. In 30 games, Romo posted a 6.12 ERA.
The Brawley-native was drafted by the Giants in 2005 and spent nine seasons pitching for San Francisco.
In his first at-bat with the Giants organization in nearly three years, Pablo Sandoval singled to left field against Rancho Cucamonga.
Serving as the designated hitter, Sandoval batted right-handed against Rancho Cucamonga left-handed pitcher Caleb Ferguson.
Sandoval's single followed singles by prospects Steven Duggar and Bryan Reynolds.
First baseman Aramis Garcia followed with an RBI single, moving Sandoval to second base. But the next batter, Ryan Howard, hit a line drive to Quakes second baseman Drew Jackson, who stepped on second base to double off Sandoval.
In second at-bat, Sandoval flied out to deep left field for the final out of the bottom of the second inning.
With the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the 4th, Sandoval grounded a ball deep into the hole at shortstop. Omar Estevez made the throw across the diamond for the out, but Sandoval picked up an RBI.
In the bottom of the seventh, Sandoval grounded out to third base for the second out of the inning.
Sandoval got one final at-bat in the bottom of the ninth. After Reynolds drove in Duggar to cut the Quakes' lead to 5-4, Sandoval had a chance to play hero, but he worked a walk. He was lifted for a pinch-runner.
He finished the night 1-for-4 with a single, walk and RBI.
San Jose went on to lose 5-4 to Rancho Cucamonga.
Sandoval signed a minor league deal with the Giants on Saturday. He will stay with Single-A San Jose until Triple-A Sacramento returns home from Tacoma.