San Francisco Giants slugger Pablo Sandoval is recovering nicely from an irritated nerve in his elbow. It appears likely that Sandoval will be on pace to suit up Opening Day barring any setbacks.
The third baseman has not played since March 16 and has done nothing but rest over the last 10 days. The good news is the rest has appeared to pay off, as Sandoval could be ready to play catch towards the end of the week. This will allow him to test the elbow and see if he can start up other activities that will help prepare him for the first day of the regular season.
It is still a big unknown if he will be able to play right away, but the Giants are holding out hope.
“Pablo’s determined to make it by Opening Day, so it’s a wait-and-see,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy told Giants.com.
Sandoval has been outstanding for San Francisco in Spring Training, despite showing up at camp with more weight than the organization expected. The slugger was 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 before he suffered the injury.
Even though it is important that Sandoval take his time to get back to full strength before he takes the field, the entire organization would like nothing more than to see him in the lineup on April 1. Every game against the Los Angeles Dodgers is going to be important this season, including the opening series. There is no question the National League West will most likely come down to the wire between these two teams.