Third baseman Freddy Sanchez? The Giants are examining it and will give manager Bruce Bochy that option until Pablo Sandoval returns.

Sanchez played third base in an extended-spring training game against the A's in Arizona on Tuesday as he continues what has become an arduous rehabilitation from shoulder surgery in August.

The natural question is how Sanchez could make the long throws from third to first if he continues to struggle physically throwing from second. He told the organization the throws from third are easier on the shoulder than the more awkward throws across the body that a second baseman makes on balls up the middle or on double-play relays.