Those hopes may need to be tempered for the time being with injury concerns involving Pablo Sandoval, who is dealing with right elbow pain and was feeling numbness this week. Sandoval will likely be ready to go when Opening Day arrives in less than two weeks, but there has to be concern around San Francisco about this.
The third baseman hasn’t played a full season in the last two years and while he played in just 108 games last season, he still hit .283 with 12 home runs before his postseason heroics. The team has proven that they can survive without Sandoval in the lineup on an everyday basis but with him reaching the prime of his career, I would think that the Giants would love to have Kung Fu Panda around.
Sandoval was hitting .435 in spring training and looked to be having a great beginning of his season before these issues came up.
I would think that a healthy Sandoval would hit around .300 again this season with 15-20 home runs for the Giants, but the team has to be very careful with this numbness. No one knows how serious these things can become and I’m sure the team would love to nip it in the bud before the regular season gets underway.
San Francisco has a chance to make history and become a dynasty this season if they can win a third title in four years, but they need a healthy Sandoval for that to occur.