San Francisco Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval was recently removed from the lineup with an irritated nerve in his arm, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Will this injury affect his status for Opening Day?
Sandoval has an inflamed nerve in his right elbow that is causing him all sorts of pain. The soreness will keep him out of the lineup for several days until he can be re-evaluated at a later point, which could very well be at the end of the week.
It is highly unlikely that the injury will force Sandoval to miss Opening Day considering the first game of the regular season is still two weeks away. However, the fact that he cannot swing a bat due to the soreness is certainly a reason to be a bit worried. At this point, treatment and plenty of rest will be key to getting him ready to man his post at third base once again.
Sandoval has been outstanding for San Francisco in Spring Training, despite showing up at camp with more weight than the organization expected. The slugger is batting a whopping .435 with one home run, four RBI, three doubles and one stolen base in 23 at-bats over the course of nine games.
It is critical that Sandoval is at full strength for when the Giants open the regular season on April 1 because it will be against the Los Angeles Dodgers. San Francisco’s bitter division rival is one of the heavy favorites to represent the National League in the World Series in 2013.