Giants provide positive updates on 2 injured veterans

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The San Francisco Giants, one of MLB’s top teams with a 7-2 record through Monday, are getting some very good news on the injury front.

“LaMonte Wade Jr. expected to start a rehab assignment this week – a step in the right direction. Evan Longoria’s throw is also a major progression; he said grabbing and throwing a ball is the biggest problem with his right index finger injury,” tweeted Danny Emerman, author of Giants beats for KNBR.

Wade, who suffered from left knee issues, will play live minor league games this weekend.

He’s already running the bases, so that’s a really positive development with a quick comeback in mind.

If he has no issues over the weekend, he could return to the Giants’ active roster sometime next week.

Longoria is also getting closer

Meanwhile, third baseman Longoria (right finger) is in Arizona and will be hitting and throwing progress midweek, which theoretically means Wednesday or Thursday.

Longoria, who suffered ligament damage to his right index finger, says his main problem isn’t swinging a bat, but rather grabbing and throwing a baseball.

The Giants need both men healthy as soon as they can for depth purposes.

Longoria enjoyed a revival last season, in which he hit 13 home runs and finished with a solid .833 OPS.

On the other hand, Wade was an integral part of the outfield rotation last year, and his power is currently missing from the roster.

He beat 18 home runs with a solid .808 OPS last year; unexpected but welcome production.

It looks like San Francisco will pick up two key elements at some point next week, which will make them even more dangerous.

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