Sandoval leaves early with more elbow discomfort
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PHOENIX – Pablo Sandoval left Monday night’s game in the sixth inning with recurring discomfort in his right elbow, but Giants manager Bruce Bochy hoped he’d only be without his World Series MVP for one day.

The Panda hopes he misses even less time than that.

“I don’t think so!” shouted Sandoval, when told that Bochy was leaning toward starting Nick Noonan at third base on Tuesday.

Sandoval said he felt pain in his elbow while hitting his tying single in the fifth inning. It was his ninth hit in 13 at-bats. When he reported it after the top of the sixth, head athletic trainer Dave Groeschner didn’t give Sandoval a choice.

“I wanted to keep playing,” Sandoval said.

His elbow already had quieted down a bit by the time the Giants sealed up their 6-4 victory to break a five-game losing streak.

Sandoval has a team-high 20 RBIs, which is tied for fifth in the National League. Among major league third basemen, only Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera has knocked in more runs.

Sandoval said the elbow discomfort was similar but not as severe to the right elbow neuritis he experienced in the spring, which nearly forced him to start the season on the disabled list. That’s why he spoke up.

“I prefer that to losing 15 days on the DL,” he said.

So does Bochy.

“We’re hoping for the best (Tuesday),” the manager said. “He may need a day. We’ll see.”