AT&T Park — Recovering left-hander Madison Bumgarner is set to take the mound for the club’s Arizona rookie league team on Sunday afternoon.
In advance of his three-inning outing for the Arizona Giants, the sidelined ace has already been taking hacks.
“He’s swinging the bat,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “He’s swinging, hitting balls off the tee. In fact, he took the tee out on the field just to hit on the field and see how the ball was coming off the bat. He’s into — whether it’s pitching or hitting — having things right.”
Bumgarner is scheduled to join the team at AT&T Park on Monday and throw a bullpen before making a rehab start for the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats on Friday night.
Bochy targets Friday return for Núñez
Bochy is aiming to have Eduardo Núñez — out since June 19 with a left hamstring strain — back by the end of the week. The third baseman, who took ground balls on the field before Sunday’s game with the New York Mets, was officially placed on the 10-day disabled list on June 23 (retroactive to June 20).
“Hopefully by Friday he’ll be ready to go,”Bochy said. “He’s making progress. We miss him. He’s one of our catalysts, a guy hitting at the top of the order, swinging the bat so well. He’s also a guy who with his speed it’s a little bit easier to manufacture runs with him in the lineup.