Last night Alex Pavlovic reported that right fielder Hunter Pence (hamstring) could be set to start a rehab assignment as early as Saturday, while second baseman Joe Panik (concussion) could only be a day behind. Per Pavlovic, the Giants have a soft target date of July 25 for Pence's return. That would be a Monday night, at home, against the Cincinnati Reds.
Panik is said to be the closest of the Giants regulars to returning, and could do so next weekend in New York. As for third baseman Matt Duffy, the rehab process has been slower than both he, and the team would have liked, and he is the furthest away from returning of the trio.
Utility-man Ehire Adrianza started playing in rehab games for San Jose on Tuesday, and has gone 3-for-9 with two doubles and an RBI. On Tuesday and Thurday Adrianza acted as the team's designated hitter, while on Wednesday he played five innings at shortstop before being lifted from the game. In his ten at-bats before injury this season, the 26-year-old Venezuelan was 3-for-10 with a home run and a double with San Francisco.
Matt Cain has been penciled back in to the rotation to start the season, behind Bumgarner, Samardzija, Cueto and Peavy (in order), but he will be making a rehab start on Friday in Lancaster with the San Jose club. If all goes well, he's scheduled to pitch on Wednesday in Boston.
Finally, catcher Miguel Gomez, who has been with the Augusta GreenJackets all season, was deservedly promoted to San Jose this morning. The 23-year-old Dominican is batting .371 with 8 homers and 43 RBI through 66 games this season.