Found March 30, 2013 on
Just days before the San Francisco Giants head to Los Angeles to kick off their season, they may already be facing an uphill battle as they seek to defend their title.
Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval aggravated his right elbow injury, and had to be removed from the game. Now as the team prepares for their final tune up game before a Monday afternoon ESPN match up against the Los Angeles Dodgers, the fate of the Kung Fu Panda hangs in the balance.
Playing in his first game since March 16 when he felt irritation in his elbow, Sandoval started at DH against the Oakland Athletics on Friday. He took 2 at bats before being pulled from the game after he felt more discomfort in the elbow. It is significant because if he didn’t play yesterday his DL stint could have been backdated to a later date, but now he could miss the full 15 days.
After the game Giants manager Bruce Bochy said the team was “being cautious” and that Sandoval would be evaluated in the following days to see how the elbow looks. Sandoval underwent MRI’s earlier in the week, but there wasn’t any structural damage.
San Francisco called up utility infielder Nick Noonan, who could step in at third base if Sandoval were to miss any time. Noonan impressed coaches during spring training, hitting .273 in 26 games while providing strong defense at second and third. Noonan was sent back to minor league camp just two weeks ago, only to be called back up due to injuries.
Noonan drove in the game-winning run in the fifth inning on an RBI single. Noonan went 2 for 3 on Friday including the RBI single and a triple in the eighth inning. After his big game, Noonan received the news that he made the Giants opening day roster.
If Sandoval is placed on the DL, expect Noonan to start at third base in his place until Sandoval comes back. Noonan also can provide the Giants with depth at second base.
San Francisco made several roster moves on Saturday, although some note as notable. The Giants send down pitcher Jean Machi, outfielder Francisco Peguero down to Triple-A Fresno. They also placed pitcher Eric Surkamp (elbow), second baseman Tony Abreu (quad) and first baseman Brett Pill (knee) on the 15-day disabled list.
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