For the first time since he broke his hand on June 14, Evan Longoria will get a good amount of field time by the end of the weekend.

The plan for Longoria is to field grounders and hit off a tee, big steps in the third baseman’s recovery from June 19 surgery to repair the fifth metacarpal in his left hand. He conducted some light activity Friday.

“We’ll start ramping it up a little bit,” manager Bruce Bochy said.

The Giants anticipate Longoria returning to the lineup the first week of August, which would fall in the initial six-to-eight-week prognosis. …continue reading here…