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Pablo Sandoval exits game with more discomfort in elbow

Mar 30, 2013, 8:55 AM EDT

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Pablo Sandoval was back in the Giants’ starting lineup last night for the first time since March 16, but he didn’t last long.

According to Daniel Brown of the San Jose Mercury News, Sandoval went 0-for-2 as the DH before he was pulled due to more soreness in his right elbow. He has been dealing with a bone spur and an irritated ulnar nerve in the very same elbow for the past two weeks, so the Giants didn’t want to push him any further.

“He said there was a little discomfort, so we shut him down,” Bochy said.

Sandoval has previously expressed confidence that he would be ready for Opening Day against the Dodgers on Monday, but he said after last night’s game that he’s now going to take things day by day. If Sandoval isn’t available for the early part of the season, the Giants are expected to go with Joaquin Arias at third base.

  1. ghstmnnfrst - Mar 30, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    Tommy John.

    Out for the season.

  2. manchestermiracle - Mar 30, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    Ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction (Tommy John surgery) doesn’t involve the nerve.

    • ghstmnnfrst - Mar 30, 2013 at 11:30 AM

      Sarcasm.

      However, removal of bone spurs and subsequent rehab could take a while.

      Considering the R&R approach has not yielded any significant improvement in his elbow, I wonder if this might be a bit more severe than Los Gigantes are letting on.

      He did “aggravate” the injury on a play where he had to throw across the diamond…

      • paperlions - Mar 30, 2013 at 2:54 PM

        Trying to throw with bone spurs is what resulted in Furcal tearing his UCL. Of course, that is totally biased and a political issue, and not just…you know, something that happened and a fact.

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