Sandoval (elbow) will make his Cactus League debut as a designated hitter on Friday against the Rockies, Kerry Crowley of The San Jose Mercury News reports. Sandoval has continued to make successful progress in his recovery from Tommy John surgery and is still expected to return to game action at third base around late April. Playing in the National League, the 33-year-old won't have many opportunities to DH, but he could serve as a valuable switch-hitting option off the bench until he's ready to return to the diamond. The team isn't expected to rush the veteran back given Evan Longoria's experience playing the hot corner, but an earlier return than previously expected hasn't been ruled out by the Giants if things continue to go well.
President of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi said Sandoval (elbow) is on track to return about one month into the regular season, Maria I. Guardado of MLB.com reports. Sandoval is making solid progress in his recovery from Tommy John surgery, and the team hasn't ruled out an earlier return if things continue to go well. The veteran third baseman, who hit .268/.313/.507 with 14 home runs in 296 plate appearances last season, figures to compete with Evan Longoria for playing time once healthy.
Sandoval (elbow) signed a $2 million minor-league contract with the Giants on Wednesday, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports. Sandoval is expected to make the big-league roster assuming the recovery process from Tommy John surgery in September goes accordingly. According to Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic, the veteran infielder recently started playing catch and still has significant work to do in his recovery. The 33-year-old third baseman hit .268/.313/.507 with 14 home runs and 41 RBI during 296 plate appearances in 2019. If Sandoval does in fact make the team, his main competition for playing time will come against fellow veteran and three-time All-Star Evan Longoria.
Sandoval officially underwent surgery on his right elbow Wednesday to repair his UCL and have loose bodies removed, Kerry Crowley of The San Jose Mercury News reports. Sandoval returned from the injured list Sunday to have one final at-bat before embarking on the recovery from Tommy John surgery. The 33-year-old returned to the IL on Tuesday and is expected to spend a good portion of the 2020 season rehabbing from the operation.
Sandoval (elbow) was placed on the 60-day injured list Tuesday, Kerry Crowley of The San Jose Mercury News reports. Sandoval was able to log one more at-bat this season Sunday against the Padres in a pinch-hit appearance, but his year will come to an end after being placed on the injured list. He's set to undergo Tommy John surgery Wednesday and is expected to miss a good chunk of the 2020 campaign while rehabbing.