San Francisco Giants 2B Freddy Sanchez set to begin rehab assignment Monday

After anguishing through an inning of watching Aubrey Huff play second base, Giants fans got some good news on Sunday.

Freddy Sanchez will make his 2012 debut by starting a minor-league rehab assignment with the Class A San Jose Giants on Monday.

The last we saw Sanchez he was taking infield practice during the season-opening series in Arizona, by all accounts, looking better than he has all spring.

We had hoped that would lead to a rehab assignment. But it didn’t, and that was two weeks ago.

Then we heard the Giants wanted to start his rehab outing last Tuesday. But that got delayed to Thursday.

When that didn’t happen, manager Bruce Bochy said he didn’t when Sanchez would be playing games.

Finally, the news came Sunday that Sanchez was headed to San Jose.

He’ll play a couple games as a designated hitter before taking to the field by Wednesday. Or at least that’s the plan.

By rule, Sanchez can spend no more than 20 days on the assignment, meaning the Giants must activate him no later than May 13.

Bochy said the Giants have Sanchez mapped out to spend 18 days in the rehab assignment, but he could return soon.

If stays on the 18-day plan, it would mean he’s scheduled to make his 2012 on May 11 at Arizona.

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