Sandoval (finger) is starting at third base and batting third Friday night against the Diamondbacks, John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Sandoval required stitches on his right hand following Monday's victory over the Dodgers, but he managed to avoid a trip to the IL and is back in the starting lineup for Friday's clash. He's batting .286 with nine home runs and 26 RBI over 67 games this season.
Sandoval (finger) isn't expected to go on the injured list but may not play the next two games, Kerry Crowley of The San Jose Mercury News reports. Sandoval received four stitches on his right pinkie finger after being spiked during Monday's game. The 32-year-old will be out of the starting lineup Tuesday and Wednesday with the Dodgers utilizing left-handed starters, since swinging from the right side is more problematic due to the stitches.
Sandoval went 1-for-2 in Monday's 3-2 win over the Dodgers before being removed in the bottom of the fifth inning after suffering a laceration on the pinkie finger of his right hand, John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Sandoval picked up the injury when Max Muncy spiked his hand while running to first base. Though Sandoval was forced to leave the contest at the next half inning, he was able to record a crucial out to snuff out a potential Dodgers rally. Manager Bruce Bochy said that Sandoval required four stitches to seal the gash and is considered day-to-day heading into Tuesday. Fortunately, X-rays cleared Sandoval of structural damage, which should help his case for avoiding the injured list.
Sandoval went 3-for-4 with a two-run home run and a double in Friday's 5-3 win over the Brewers. Sandoval's blast came in the fourth inning, putting the Giants ahead 2-1 at the time. The veteran infielder is hitting .289/.324/.593 over 135 at-bats with nine homers and 25 RBI in 62 games this season.
Sandoval started at first base and went 1-for-2 with a walk, an RBI and a run scored in Tuesday's 6-5 win over San Diego. Sandoval got into the lineup for a second consecutive game with Brandon Belt dealing with a stiff neck. It doesn't sound like the latter's injury is of a serious nature, but it wouldn't be surprising to see Belt held out Wednesday with an upcoming off day Thursday. Sandoval has been effective when called upon this season, slashing .277/.314/.562 with eight long balls over 140 plate appearances.
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