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Giants Injury Update: Freddy Sanchez's Back No Better, Pablo Sandoval Starts BP Next Week

The road to recovery for San Francisco Giants second baseman Freddy Sanchez is seemingly never going to end as he suffered yet another setback, having to have another epidural shot into his nagging back this weekend. Still, there is some good news about Pablo Sandoval, who is steadily recovering from his broken hamate bone and will be ready to start batting practice next week, according to skipper Bruce Bochy.

The temporary move to third base didn't seem to be doing any good for Freddy as his back continues to flare up, though he is rapidly approaching the one year anniversary of his injury, and still has no idea when he can return.

"We're not giving up on it," Bochy said. "But it's obviously a setback. We can't tell you when he'll be back on the field."

The Giants have used a platoon of Emmanuel Burriss, Ryan Theriot ,Charlie Culberson, and Joaquin Arias at second in Freddy's absence, combining for a league worst .215 slugging percentage this season.

As for Sandoval, he is still on track to return in two weeks or so, likely forcing the skipper to make a decision as to where Joaquin Arias could move, but shortstop and second base will be in his future for sure.

"Whoever's swinging the bat better will be out there," Bochy said. "I'll say that."

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