Madison Bumgarner's return to the San Francisco Giants remains open ended. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Bochy on Bumgarner: ‘I think he sees light at the end of the tunnel’

AT&T PARK — Before the San Francisco Giants hosted the Atlanta Braves on Sunday afternoon, manager Bruce Bochy delivered the latest on sidelined ace Madison Bumgarner.

“Well, he’s been around, so we do have his presence. Of course you miss him, but he’s doing well,” Bochy said. “He could be throwing by Friday, start to play catch and everything. So, progress is happening. I think he sees light at the end of the tunnel for him.”

Bumgarner, who has been on the 10-day disabled list since April 21 with bruised ribs and a left shoulder AC sprain, is facing a spring training-sized rehab assignment when he’s ready to step back on the mound.

“I can’t give you a target date [for his return],” Bochy said. “But the good news is Friday he starts throwing. We’re probably looking, once he gets on the mound and starts his rehab, around five starts.”

Giants hope Gillaspie resumes rehab in a day or two

Bochy said Conor Gillaspie’s MRI showed inflammation is his lower back, but the manager is hoping that the backup infielder — out since May 11 — will resume his rehab assignment with Triple-A Sacramento in a day or two.

Pair of outfielders making progress

Hunter Pence (left hamstring strain) is doing well and remains on track to start his minor league stint on Wednesday or Thursday. Fellow outfielder Jarrett Parker (fractured right clavicle) showed no hesitation during his first batting practice on Saturday, according to Bochy.

“He’s actually further along than I thought,” Bochy said.

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