Sandoval to join San Jose; Mijares en route


Sandoval to join San Jose; Mijares en route

ST. LOUIS -- Pablo Sandoval's hamstring continues to respond well to increased activity, but the Giants plan to send him for a rehab game or two at Single-A San Jose before reinstating him from the disabled list.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Sandoval would play "a game or two" for San Jose, likely Friday and Saturday, and could be activated by Sunday if all goes well. He's eligible to come off the DL on Thursday but still hasn't run the bases.

"I'm OK with that," said Sandoval, who estimated his hamsting was at 90 percent as he ran sprints Tuesday at Busch Stadium. "Today was a good day. I put pressure on the hamstring for the first time. It was a good step."

Sandoval is scheduled to run bases on Wednesday. When he returns, the Giants should have a productive middle of the lineup, on paper at least, as they combine Melky Cabrera, Buster Posey, Hunter Pence and Sandoval for the first time.

Bochy said he hasn't decided whether Sandoval would hit in front of Pence or behind him when the Panda returns.

"I'm excited to be back in the lineup," said Sandoval, acknowledging it hasn't been easy to get his timing because of so much time spent on the DL this season. "I've been watching video from last year, from moments I was (in a hot streak). That helps me."

Sandoval said his brother, Michael, made sure to send him a freeze frame picture of the play when he injured the hamstring, when he did the splits at first base. Had he ever done the splits before?

"Oh yeah, I know I can do that," he said. "I did the splits before. But it was cold weather."

In other pregame news, left-hander Jose Mijares is on his way to St. Louis and his flight was expected to land at 8 p.m. If he isn't delayed, Bochy said the club plans to clear a space on the active roster and add Mijares prior to the first pitch. If so, he'd be eligible to take the mound.

Shane Loux is one candidate to be sent out to make room for Mijares. Amid his three-run eighth inning Monday night, a fan in center field pointed a green laser pointer at him. The Cardinals' Matt Holliday noticed it and called for time. Eventually, the prankster shined his laser on Cardinals manager Mike Matheny, who directed security to have him taken into custody. Loux said he had no idea what was happening until the inning had ended.

No, there won't ever be "laser pointer night" at a major league game.

Morse reveals he barely remembers Harper-Strickland brawl after concussion

Morse reveals he barely remembers Harper-Strickland brawl after concussion

Giants reliever Hunter Strickland received a six-game suspension for his involvement in a May 29 benches-clearing brawl with Bryce Harper and the Nationals. Harper originally was suspended for four games before winning his appeal and served a three-game suspension. 

But the player who has lost the most amont of time came sprinting from first base trying to break up the melee. 

Michael Morse clashed heads with Jeff Samardzija and went crashing down. He has been out since with concussion symptoms and revealed Friday he barely remembers anything from the fight, according to the San Francisco Chronicle

After missing nearly a month of games, Morse feels much better, though effects from the concussion are still there. Every day Morse goes to Stanford for testing and therapy and still deals with lingering symptoms like dizziness once he raises his heartbeat and headaches. 

If Morse ever joins the reeling Giants is a question in itself. 

San Francisco currently has the second-worst record in baseball at 27-48 behind only the Phillies and have already started to shift to younger players. No matter, the 35-year-old Morse wants to be a part of the team. 

"You know me," Morse said to reporters before Friday's game. "Whatever happens, happens. I'm a happy-go-lucky guy. I'm happy to be with these guys. They're going through such hard times.

"I want to be with them, if not on the field, then off the field, helping them mentally if not physically."

In 24 games this season, Morse is batting .194 with just one home run. If his time has come to an end, the one home run was one to remember. 

Morse, in his first game back with the Giants since 2014 launched a pinch-hit solo home run to tie the game in the bottom of the eighth inning against the Dodgers on April 26. The fan-favorite raised his hands at the crack of the bat, bringing back memories of Game 5 of the 2014 NLCS.

Giants place Eduardo Nunez on 10-day DL

Giants place Eduardo Nunez on 10-day DL

The injury bug continues to hit Eduardo Nunez.

Bruce Bochy announced 90 minutes before the Giants' game Friday night that Nunez has been placed on the 10-day DL retroactive to June 20 for an ailing hamstring injury. 

In a corresponding move, the Giants activated Conor Gillaspie from Triple-A Sacramento.

Nunez exited early on June 15 in Colorado. He beat out an infield single, but had trouble stopping after reaching base and signaled for trainer Dave Groeschner. 

On June 19 Nunez returned to the lineup, but has not played since. 

Throughout the season Nunez has battled hamstring issues. When healthy, he's been consistent at the plate while playing multiple positions. 

Nunez is batting .299 with 17 doubles and has stolen 17 bases in 64 games played this season.