Sandoval suffered a left calf strain during Sunday's start against the Dodgers. Sandoval only lasted 2.2 innings during his final start of the regular season before being removed with his injury. Barring any setbacks, the injury is unlikely to impact the southpaw's availability for spring training.
Sandoval exited Sunday's start against the Dodgers with an apparent right leg injury, Maria Torres of the Los Angeles Times reports. The left-hander appeared to hurt his right leg during the third inning and was removed while in line for the loss after allowing three runs (two earned) on one hit with three strikeouts and three walks over 2.2 innings. Barring a serious injury, Sandoval should have plenty of time to recover before spring training.
Sandoval is listed as the Angels' probable starter Sunday against the Dodgers. The left-hander has been working in long relief since returning from the alternate training site in mid-September, but it appears he'll make the start for the final game of the season. Sandoval has a 3.18 ERA since rejoining the team and topped out at 62 pitches during that stretch, and he's likely to have a similar workload Sunday.
Sandoval tossed 4.1 innings against Texas on Sunday, allowing one run on three hits and one walk while striking out seven. Starter Julio Teheran was lifted before recording an out in the second inning, leaving the Angels bullpen to navigate through the remainder of the contest. Sandoval assumed the largest load, throwing 62 pitches and striking out a season-high seven batters. He did yield a long ball -- as he has in each of his seven appearances this season -- but the solo shot accounted for the only run the Rangers could muster against him. Sandoval is settling into a long-relief role for the Halos after struggling as a starter earlier in the campaign.
Sandoval allowed three runs on four hits over four innings of relief work against Arizona on Wednesday. He struck out three and did not walk a batter. Sandoval's first appearance since Aug. 24 began well as the southpaw retired his first eight batters and kept the Diamondbacks off the scoreboard for three innings. However, Arizona got to Sandoval for a pair of homers in the seventh frame to account for all three runs scored against him. The 23-year-old began the season in the starting rotation but figures to fill a long-relief role moving forward.
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