Entering yesterday’s exhibition contest, San Francisco
Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval expressed confidence he’d be ready for
Opening Day. However, his outlook was less optimistic following the game after
he aggravated his elbow injury.
Manager Bruce Bochy told reporters – including Daniel Brown
of The San Jose Mercury News – that Sandoval was shut down after he experienced
discomfort in his right elbow. Sandoval suited up as the team’s designated
hitter against the Oakland Athletics, but he was removed after two plate
appearances. It was his first time in an exhibition game since March 16.
Sandoval had been sidelined due to a bone spur and irritated
ulnar nerve in his elbow. His chances of suiting up Monday were looking good,
but now the Giants may be forced to enter the season with Joaquin Arias at the
Sandoval hit .283/.342/447 with 25 doubles and 12 home runs
over 442 plate appearances last season. The 26-year-old owns a career batting
line of .303/.353/.490.
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