The Giants fan base let out a collective sigh of relief when their team nabbed the last game of a four game set against the A’s. A sweep to their cross-Bay rivals would have sucked the air from AT&T Park. But they’ll need take another big breath and hope their starting third basemen and No. 3 hitter doesn’t have to hit the disabled list.
Sandoval wasn’t in manager Bruce Bochy’s lineup for tonight’s potential game against St. Louis, the first of a three-game weekend series. It was reported that the big fella was icing his foot, but the nature of the injury was not disclosed at that time. But later an MRI revealed a strain in the foot, and the Giants declared the star merchandise-seller out for the Cardinals series and maybe longer.
Luck hasn’t been the right word for the Panda this month, as he suffered an illness referred to only as “the crud”. He didn’t miss any actions, but certainly wasn’t at his best for the better part of a week. Despite the crud Sandoval has been pretty good at the plate, notching a team-leading 37 RBI to go along with a .288/.328/.434 batting line.
Fans, more than media, question Pablo’s weight, using that as a diagnosis for the minor injuries he seems to suffer. But his weight didn’t cause the hamate bone injuries that cost him portions of the 2011 and 2012 seasons. Whether or not this injury was caused by excess weight, the former All-Star does look to be heavier than he has in his tenure as a Giant. He remains unconcerned, telling Yahoo’s Jeff Passan in Spring Training that he won’t worry about his weight for two more season. Party on, Wayne.
In his absence, Joaquin Arias should get most of the playing time. Arias has filled in for Sandoval before, clearing 300 plate appearances last season during long stretches when Sandoval was out. He hit .270 with limited power, but the Giants will take from an injury replacement. Arias is solid around the bag at third, as Giants fans remember when he made the last out of Matt Cain’s perfect game last June.
The Giants’ bench is thin with Angel Pagan out, leaving Brett Pill, Nick Noonan and Guillermo Quiroz as the only reserves.