Giants’ Sandoval, Zito set for rehab assignments

San Francisco Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval is set to

begin a rehabilitation assignment on Friday and the team expects

pitcher Barry Zito to start his minor league stint early next

week.

Sandoval has been on the disabled list while recovering from

surgery on his right wrist. Manager Bruce Bochy said Thursday that

Sandoval would play six innings at Class-A San Jose in his first

game, then play the next day for the California League team.

After that, he’ll play a few more games at Triple-A Fresno.

Bochy said the switch-hitting Sandoval has looked good swinging

from both sides the last two days, and estimated Sandoval would

need four or five games in the minors to get his timing.

Sandoval is hitting .313 with five homers and 14 RBIs in 24

games.

Zito, 0-2 with a 6.23 ERA in three starts, has been out since

mid-April with a sprained right foot he injured while making a

diving catch on a bunt popup. He’s set to start his rehab

assignment Monday at San Jose.