On the same day the Giants got definitive word that Buster Posey would be lost for the season, the reigning world champions got some good injury news -- Pablo Sandoval could return to the team's lineup by the end of the team's next homestand on June 12.
Manager Bruce Bochy told reporters Sandoval is improving and will taking batting practice in St. Louis this week and could be on a minor-league rehab assignment by the end of the weekend. The team would like him to get 20 to 25 at-bats in the minors before returning to the Giants' lineup.
Sandoval was having a great bounce-back season before suffered a fractured hamate bone in his right wrist. He was hitting .313/.374/.530 with five home runs in 24 games. He hasn't played since April 29.For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsmlb on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed.