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Giants weigh having Pablo Sandoval catch upon return

Jun 10, 2011, 8:34 PM EDT

Pablo Sandoval

Pablo Sandoval opened his pro career as a catcher and caught in 14 major league games as a rookie in 2008 and sophomore in 2009. Now, with Buster Posey done for the season due to a fractured ankle, the Giants are considering reintroducing him to the position and using him there on a part-time basis.

“I think he’d be fine behind the plate, too, and don’t think we haven’t discussed that,” manager Bruce Bochy told the San Jose Mercury News.

Asked to elaborate, Bochy said:

It’s come up. It’s not something we’ve ruled out, and we may discuss it further. But for right now, the plan is to play him at third base for the most part.

Sandoval was never very highly regarded as a defensive catcher and likely would have been moved even if the Giants didn’t make Posey the fifth overall pick in the 2008 draft. Bochy indicated that if the Giants did try him there again, it’d strictly be a part-time thing.

Sandoval is expected back Tuesday after missing six weeks with a fractured hamate bone. If the Giants really intend to put him behind the plate on occasion, then it becomes quite a bit more likely that they’ll keep Miguel Tejada around for a while longer.

  1. royalsfaninfargo - Jun 10, 2011 at 8:52 PM

    Should you really have “weigh” and “Pablo Sandoval” in the same headline?

    • drmonkeyarmy - Jun 10, 2011 at 9:10 PM

      You beat me to it royalsfan.

  2. Chris K - Jun 11, 2011 at 7:02 AM

    Playing him at catcher would do wonders for my fantasy team, Bob File Has a Posse. I’ve already got Pujols, Youkilis, Moustakas, and Panda. A catching Panda Bear would push out Chris Ianetta and I’d be GOLD, Jerry!

  3. dodger88 - Jun 11, 2011 at 10:00 AM

    Not a good idea; they need him to help their offense. Putting him behind the plate could impact his performance at the plate as he will be out of his comfort zone. Put him at third base.

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