Sandoval placed on 10-day IL
SAN FRANCISCO — The Giants have placed infielder Pablo Sandoval on the 10-day injured list with right elbow inflammation.
Manager Bruce Bochy said the injury has bothered Sandoval to varying degrees for several years, but it flared up Sunday when the 33-year-old switch-hitter was batting right-handed.
“It’s very damaged, it’s beat up,” said Sandoval, who has had bone chips in his right elbow ince 2013.
Bochy says Sandoval recently underwent an MRI, but the severity of his injury isn’t known. He had a cortisone shot on Sunday.
“He is in pain,” Bochy said. “This has flared up before, but not quite like this. Sometimes it goes away in two or three days and other times it’s lingered. This time we can’t get it to go away.”
A member of the Giants’ three World Series championship teams from 2010 to 2014, Sandoval has been a revelation since returning to San Francisco in 2017 after being released by the Boston Red Sox. He is batting .269 with 14 homers and 41 RBIs.
Sandoval has appeared in 107 games, playing 45 times at third base, 23 at first and 49 as a pinch hitter. He pitched once.
“It’s frustrating,” Sandoval said. “But at the same time, you have to take care of yourself to be ready for September and that push.”
In a corresponding move Wednesday, the Giants activated outfielder Alex Dickerson (right oblique strain). Bochy said Dickerson will be available to pinch hit in each of the Giants’ next two games but may not make his first start until Friday.
Giants infielder Pablo Sandoval watches his home run against the Padres on July 26.