While San Francisco Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval was out of the starting lineup for the second consecutive night Wednesday, manager Bruce Bochy told reporters -- including Chris Haft of MLB.com -- that the Panda's injury isn't significant. Bochy added that he Sandoval will be able to rejoin the regulars today when the team begins it's series against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Bochy said the additional day off was to allow Sandoval more time to rest his ailing back. The third baseman underwent an MRI yesterday, which revealed no major damage to his back. He experienced enough discomfort to be scratched from Tuesday's lineup and held out of Wednesday's, but it doesn't seem to be an injury that will require him to miss an extended stretch or hit the disabled list.
Sandoval was available to pinch-hit yesterday, indicating that he should be back in today's starting lineup. Even if he's not, he should be back at some point this weekend against the Pirates, assuming he doesn't aggravate his ailment.
Sandoval put together an impressive campaign in 2011, earning him his first trip to the All-Star Game. He's since been inconsistent, and his totals have dropped well below his career norms this year, especially in the power department. Over 448 plate appearances, the 27-year-old has hit .266/.321/.384 with only 21 doubles and nine home runs.
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