Gi­ants, tem­po­rar­ily, drop San­doval and three oth­ers

San Francisco Chronicle - - SPORTINGGR­EEN - By Henry Schul­man

The Gi­ants re­leased non­roster in­vite Pablo San­doval and three oth­ers Sunday, but Panda fans should not de­s­pair. This was a pro­ce­dural move, and the club plans to re­sign him and the other three.

All four are ex­pected to join the Gi­ants for what teams are call­ing Sum­mer Camp when it be­gins Wed­nes­day.

The other three are pitcher Trevor Cahill, in­fielder Yolmer

Sanchez and out­fielder Billy Hamil­ton.

They would be part of the Gi­ants’ 60­man pool of play­ers el­i­gi­ble to play in the 60game sea­son un­der the agree

ment the league signed with the Play­ers As­so­ci­a­tion last week.

The cler­i­cal moves with San­doval, et al., likely were done to change con­tract lan­guage re­gard­ing opt­out clauses for the four play­ers, who all have a solid chance to make the 30­man Open­ing Day ros­ter.

The Gi­ants had to sub­mit a player pool to the league by 1 p.m. PDT Sunday. But as of Sunday evening they had not an­nounced a list, pos­si­bly to com­plete the rene­go­ti­ated deals with San­doval, Cahill, Hamil­ton and Sanchez.

The Gi­ants could be de­lay­ing the an­nounce­ment to com­plete other trans­ac­tions, in­clud­ing po­ten­tial trades.

Most teams that have an­nounced ros­ters listed fewer than 60 play­ers, leav­ing space to add oth­ers through trades, waivers and free­agent sign­ings. The Gi­ants are ex­pected to do like­wise be­cause the rules make it eas­ier to add play­ers than re­move them.

The Gi­ants are ex­pected to add their en­tire 40­man ros­ter, leav­ing them 20 ad­di­tional spots. Top prospects Joey Bart, Marco Lu­ciano, He­liot Ramos and Hunter Bishop are ex­pected to be in­cluded.

Play­ers will re­port to Or­a­cle Park on Wed­nes­day to be tested for the coro­n­avirus, then will be quar­an­tined un­til they get their re­sults. If neg­a­tive, they can re­turn to the park Fri­day to be­gin train­ing for a 60­game sea­son sched­uled to be­gin July 23 or 24.

Teams can in­vite as many of the 60 play­ers to their main train­ing site as they choose, with the rest re­port­ing to an al­ter­nate train­ing site. The Gi­ants ex­pect that to be in Sacra­mento, but might not open it straight away, hav­ing their en­tire pool train at Or­a­cle, at least ini­tially.

The 60­man pools are not set in stone for the sea­son. Teams can add play­ers, but if they al­ready have 60, they need to clear spots in tra­di­tional fash­ion.

Play­ers on the 40­man must be waived, traded, des­ig­nated for as­sign­ment, placed on the 45­day in­jured list (which is 60 days in a nor­mal sea­son), re­leased or out­righted to the mi­nors. They also can be re­moved from the pool if they are added to a spe­cial COVID in­jured list.

Those not on the 40­man can be re­moved via trade, re­leased or placed on the COVID in­jured list.

Ralph Freso / As­so­ci­ated Press 2019

Ina pro­ce­dural move, in­fielder Pablo San­doval was re­leased by the Gi­ants on Sunday. The team plans to re­sign him to be part of its 60­man player pool for this sea­son.

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