Pablo Sandoval's nerve irritation could be the result of bone spurs in his elbow. He underwent an MRI that ruled out any major structural damage says Andrew Baggarly of CSN Bay Area, but the San Francisco Giants will be cautious with him. The team is still optimistic about Sandoval's chances at being ready for Opening Day.
Sandoval was recently diagnosed with ulnar neuritis - inflammation of the ulnar nerve in his right elbow. While the diagnosis may not be related to the bone spurs, there is no doubt now that Sandoval is dealing with both issues.
The Giants' head athletic trainer Dave Groeschner said the spurs look similar to ones that showed up on an MRI of Sandoval's elbow in 2009.
“Most of these guys have spurs, and he has a chronic one,” said Groeschner, adding that surgery didn’t appear to be required to address the problem, either now or after the season. “It isn’t something that just cropped up.”
If the Giants have to start the season without Sandoval, it will be a tough loss for the team. Sandoval has proven himself to be a great hitter in his career. In five seasons, he has hit .303/.353/.490. Sandoval is already a two-time All-Star and has two World Series rings. He has been a big part of the Giants' offense.
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