Sandoval re-signed Sunday with the Braves on a minor-league contract, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports. The contract is worth $1 million at the MLB level.
Sandoval appeared in one game for Atlanta last season after he was added to the roster in late September following his release from the Giants. The 34-year-old corner infielder apparently made enough of an impression during his brief time with Atlanta for the organization to bring him back for spring training. He'll have the opportunity to compete for an Opening Day bench role with Atlanta, but Sandoval likely won't be in store for much work if he ends up making the roster.
Sandoval will join the Braves and play third base Sunday against the Red Sox, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.
We're still waiting on the Braves' lineup, but it sounds like the transaction has been completed and Sandoval is ready to suit up and make his team debut in the 2020 regular-season finale. Austin Riley has been dealing with a quad injury. Sandoval hit just .220/.278/.268 in 33 games with the Giants before being designated for assignment.
Sandoval signed a minor-league contract with Atlanta on Monday, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.
Sandoval was released after being designated for assignment by the Giants on Thursday, but the 34-year-old will extend his career as part of the Braves' organization. He'll begin at the team's alternate training site, but he could potentially join the active roster in a depth role at some point for a likely playoff run in 2020. Sandoval slashed .220/.278/.268 with five runs and six RBI during 30 games with the Giants this year.
Sandoval was released by the Giants on Thursday.
He was designated for assignment earlier in the day, so it naturally follows that Sandoval would rather be released than go work out for a minor-league salary over the final two-plus weeks at the alternate training site. This could spell the end of his big-league career.
Sandoval was designated for assignment Thursday, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.
This probably spells the end of the road for Sandoval, who had logged just 10 at-bats this month. He hit .220/.278/.268 in 33 games this year.
Sandoval is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Rockies, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Sandoval made back-to-back starts at designated hitter to close out last weekend's series in Arizona, but those were the lone times he cracked the lineup in the Giants' last eight games. Wilmer Flores looks to have emerged as the Giants' preferred DH option over Sandoval, who has submitted a .535 OPS over 82 plate appearances on the season.
Sandoval went 2-for-4 with a double, a home run, a walk, three RBI and one run scored Tuesday against the Angels.
Sandoval went yard in the second inning, taking Dylan Bundy out to right field. He followed that up with an RBI double in the ninth inning to extend the Giants' lead to 8-1. The pair of extra-base hits were Sandoval's first of the season, and he is now riding a modest three-game hitting streak. Sandoval has been unimpressive to start the season, hitting just .204/.279/.278 through 61 plate appearances.
Sandoval (personal) is batting seventh as the designated hitter Friday against Oakland.
The veteran slugger was absent from the lineup the past few games due to family concerns, but he's back in the starting nine Friday. Sandoval has a .179/.267/.179 slash line through 45 plate appearances this season.
Sandoval (personal) will remain on the bench Wednesday against the Astros, Maria I. Guardado of MLB.com reports.
"Family concerns" were cited as the reason for Sandoval's absence from Tuesday's lineup, though he was able to make an appearance off the bench. He'll sit for the third straight contest Wednesday, with Hunter Pence starting in the designated hitter spot.
Sandoval is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Astros due to "family concerns," John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Sandoval will sit for the second straight game, with Wilmer Flores again serving as the designated hitter. It's not clear when he's expected to be available.
Sandoval will not start Monday's game against the Astros, John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Sandoval will sit for the third time in the last four games. Wilmer Flores will serve as the designated hitter. Sandoval is hitting just .184/.273/.184 through 44 plate appearances this season.
Sandoval will sit Saturday against the Dodgers, Maria I. Guardado of MLB.com reports.
While Sandoval is a switch hitter, it's clear that the Giants prefer him batting from the left side. He's started against just one of the seven lefties the team has faced this season but has been in the lineup against eight out of nine righties. Darin Ruf will be the designated hitter in this contest.
Sandoval is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Dodgers, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Sandoval doesn't seem to be the Giants' preferred option against southpaws such as Friday's starter Julio Urias, as he's started against just one of the six San Francisco has faced thus far. Wilmer Flores will be the designated hitter Friday.
Sandoval will start at first base and bat seventh Thursday against the Rockies.
The July 30 returns of Brandon Belt and Evan Longoria from the injured list haven't cost Sandoval much playing time yet, as he'll be making his fifth start in the Giants' eighth game since the two corner infielders were activated. However, manager Gabe Kapler's patience with Sandoval may wear off quickly if the 33-year-old doesn't start heating up soon. Sandoval is off to a 5-for-30 start to the season, with all of his hits being singles.
The Giants selected Sandoval's (elbow) contract Thursday.
After undergoing Tommy John surgery last September, Sandoval was forced to settle for a minor-league deal with the Giants over the winter. The injury never had much of an impact on his ability to hit during spring training, but it wasn't until summer camp that he was able to play the field in a competitive setting. The Giants were apparently satisfied enough with his throwing in drills and exhibition games, enabling him to win spots on the 40-man roster and the season-opening 30-man roster. With both of San Francisco's top corner infielders (Brandon Belt and Evan Longoria) beginning the season on the injured list, Sandoval could see steady playing time in the early going.
Sandoval (elbow) is starting at first base in Sunday's intrasquad matchup, Maria I. Guardado of MLB.com reports.
Sandoval is currently on a minor-league deal with the Giants as he recovers from Tommy John surgery, but he's been progressing in his rehab and will play the field Sunday. It's still unclear whether the 33-year-old veteran will be ready for Opening Day, but he's showing signs of promise from a health standpoint. He's a strong candidate to make the 30-man roster if he's fully healthy by the start of the season, but given the Giants' talent at the corner infield spots, Sandoval would likely serve as a depth option for the team.
Sandoval (elbow) was released by the Giants on Sunday but is re-signing on a minor-league contract and will be present for spring training 2.0, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
The Giants made similar moves with Trevor Cahill, Yolmer Sanchez and Billy Hamilton. The official reasoning remains unclear, though it could be related to any opt-out clauses that existed in the previous deals. Regardless, all four players will have a strong chance of cracking the 30-man roster to open the season. Sandoval has been recovering from Tommy John surgery, so the restart of spring training should provide a better idea of his progress.
Sandoval (elbow) will likely be cleared to play first base and third base to begin the 2020 season, Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic reports.
Sandoval had made successful progress in his recovery from Tommy John surgery during the offseason and got some work as the designated hitter in spring training, but he'll likely be able to get more opportunities to play once the season gets underway. The veteran hit .268/.313/.507 with 14 home runs and 41 RBI last year and will likely compete for playing time with Evan Longoria.
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.
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|10/12||@ LAD||W 5-1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|09/27||vs BOS||L 1-9||2||0||0||0||0||2||0|
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|2011||AFA-San Jose Giants||1||3||1||0||0||0||0||0||--||1||0||0||.000||.000||.000|
|2012||AFA-San Jose Giants||6||22||1||6||2||0||1||1||1||5||0||0||.273||.304||.500|
|2013||AFA-San Jose Giants||2||6||2||4||0||0||2||2||--||--||0||0||.667||.667||1.667|
|2017||AAA-Pawtucket Red Sox||20||77||7||17||3||0||1||4||4||16||0||0||.221||.259||.299|
|2017||AAA-Sacramento River Cat||9||29||4||6||1||0||1||3||5||3||0||0||.207||.324||.345|
|2017||AFA-San Jose Giants||3||9||0||2||0||0||0||1||2||--||0||0||.222||.364||.222|