Alex Pavlovic of the San Jose Mercury News reports (via Twitter) that manager Bruce Bochy is optimistic that Pablo Sandoval will be ready for Opening Day. If Sandoval has to start the season on the DL, he’ll be eligible to come off the DL for the 5th game of the season. That’s if he stays out of the rest of the spring training games.
Sandoval is a big part of this Giants offense, so I hope the G-men don’t rush him back just to play opening day. I wouldn’t want him to risk his health and end up having to spend more time on the DL. He did a workout yesterday by swinging, throwing and taking groundballs. He showed no signs of feeling pain. It’s looking more and more like he’ll be ready for opening day!
Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com says (via Twitter) Bochy is also confident that backup catcher Hector Sanchez will start on the active roster. He has to work on his throwing technique but his arm strength is still there. Sanchez has had nagging injuries all spring, but seems to be getting healthy at the right time.
I’m sure everyone knows by now that the Giants are opening the season against the Dodgers in Los Angeles. The Dodgers are sending Clayton Kershaw, Hyun-Jin Ryu and Josh Beckett to the mound in games 1, 2, and 3 against the Giants.
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