PHILADELPHIA – Manager Bob Melvin plans to return to the dugout on Friday night when the San Diego Padres opens a three-game series in San Francisco, the team said Thursday.

Melvin was missing after surgery on May 11. Padres said the cancer was not found. On Friday morning Melvin will travel to San Francisco and join Pdres in the last three games of the trip to three cities with nine games. This is in line with the schedule Melvin had hoped for when he announced the May 10 operation.

In Melvin’s absence, the team was led by reserve coach Ryan Christenson. The Shakes went 4-2 on a swing across Atlanta and Philadelphia. Christenson also played three games at his last home arena 2-1.

Melvin was hired from Auckland on November 1st. Christensen has been his coach on the bench for the past four seasons.

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