Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 6/9/12

The Panda is done hibernating.

The Giants' offense went in the tank in the opener of a weekend series with the Rangers, a 5-0 loss, and Bruce Bochy announced afterward that Pablo Sandoval will join the team for Saturday's game.

Sandoval homered twice for Triple-A Fresno on Friday.

To make room for Sandoval, who's coming off hamate surgery, the Giants optioned first baseman Brett Pill to Fresno.

"He feels good. We think he's ready," Bochy said of Sandoval. "We could use another bat in our lineup."

The Giants were shut out for the first time this year, and their lineup was without Melky Cabrera (hamstring) and Buster Posey (planned rest), so the 3-4-5 alignment was Angel Pagan, Hector Sanchez and Pill.

Not all that scary.

Cabrera isn't expected to be in Saturday's lineup, but Posey and Sandoval will be there.

"That's great. Wow," Barry Zito said after learning Sandoval is returning. "That's huge. Pablo is our sparkplug."

Hitting right-handed had been bothersome for the switch-hitting Sandoval, who finally had two at-bats right-handed Thursday and came away feeling OK.

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