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Giants could turn to Sandoval behind the plate

Posted on: June 10, 2011 9:25 pm
Edited on: June 10, 2011 10:00 pm
Pablo SandovalBy C. Trent Rosecrans

The Giants may not have to add a player to add a catcher. Manager Bruce Bochy told reporters before Friday's game with the Reds that the team may use Pablo Sandoval to catch when he returns from a broken hamate bone.

"It's not something we've ruled out, and we may discuss it further," Bochy told reporters, including Carl Steward of the San Jose Mercury News. "But for right now, the plan is to play him at third base for the most part."

The Giants will also use Sandoval at first base, especially next week in interleague play, allowing Aubrey Huff to DH and Miguel Tejada to play third.

Bochy said Sandoval wouldn't be an everyday starter behind the plate but could play there a couple of times a week.

Sandoval came through the minor leagues as a catcher but has only started 12 games in the big leagues behind the plate -- nine of those coming in his rookie season of 2008. He didn't catch at all last season and has only played third base this season.

However, Sandoval's improved conditioning could allow him to be more versatile. He was hitting .313/.374/.530 when he broke his hand in late April. He has had a home run and six RBI in three games in the minor leagues during his rehab and is expected to join the Giants next week.

Bochy said he didn't think it would take long for Sandoval to adjust to catching again.

"He's played catcher, and once you get back there a game or two, you get your feel of it back," Bochy said. 

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 12:48 pm
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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 8:38 pm

Giants could turn to Sandoval behind the plate

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Since: Mar 24, 2008
Posted on: June 11, 2011 1:11 am

Giants could turn to Sandoval behind the plate

Yeah, it's gonna hurt his average...but if it's what you gotta do, then do it

Since: Dec 28, 2006
Posted on: June 11, 2011 12:14 am

Giants could turn to Sandoval behind the plate

Catching gonna take a few points off the Batting Average.

Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: June 10, 2011 11:10 pm

Giants could turn to Sandoval behind the plate

I am not playing fantasy this year, but if this guy is as hot when he comes back as he was when he went out, he could be considered the most versatile option in fantasy. Catcher, first base and third base? Again, if he's hitting well, you'd be crazy not to play him somewhere.

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