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Giants “pretty optimistic” Pablo Sandoval will be ready for Monday’s season-opener

Mar 31, 2013, 12:08 PM EDT

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Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval has been experiencing discomfort in his right elbow for over two weeks and felt renewed pain Friday after making a pair of plate appearances in a Cactus League game. But he still hasn’t been ruled out for Opening Day.

“It’s going to go down to the wire,” manager Bruce Bochy told Alex Pavlovic of the San Jose Mercury News on Saturday. “It won’t be an easy call, but we’re pretty optimistic that he’s going to make it.”

“I’m feeling better,” added Sandoval when asked about the elbow. “If I’m allowed to, I’m going to be there.” If the Giants decide to play it safe, Joaquin Arias will probably get the fill-in start at the hot corner.

Sandoval, 26, batted .283/.342/.447 with 12 home runs and 63 RBI over 108 games last summer for the eventual World Series champions. He appeared in 117 games with the Giants in 2011.

San Francisco opens its regular-season schedule Monday afternoon against the Dodgers.

  1. gloccamorra - Mar 31, 2013 at 3:25 PM

    I know the injury is the elbow and has nothing to do with his weight, but when are the Giants going to assign a minder to him to slap cheeseburgers out of his hands? Scouts have been saying he’s a great talent, but he’ll have a short, injury-filled career unless he drops the weight and stays in shape. I guess they expect Posey to move to third in a few years.

    • chill1184 - Mar 31, 2013 at 6:15 PM

      Teams can really only do so much to get a player to stay in shape, in the end its up to Panda to get up and trim some of his weight.

  2. Jacob Perez - Mar 31, 2013 at 5:06 PM

    As soon as he stops performing in the postseason, they’ll stipulate it.

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