SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Pablo Sandoval was supposed to test his ailing right elbow with "light baseball work," as Giants manager Bruce Bochy termed it.
Sandoval did a little more than that prior to the Giants' Cactus League finale on Wednesday. I just learned that the Panda took batting practice from both sides of the plate, fielded ground balls -- and most importantly, he played catch from 75 feet.
"There was some intensity to it," said Dave Groeschner, the Giants' head athletic trainer. "Now we wait and see how he comes out of it."
Sandoval is dealing with ulnar neuritis that might be exacerbated by a bone spur in the back of his elbow. He had tried to play catch a few days earlier but experienced discomfort and was shut down. Follow-up tests, including a CT scan and X-rays, showed no structural changes. So the Giants and Sandoval decided to give the elbow a few days to camp down before trying again.
If the Giants must place Sandoval on the disabled list, he could be backdated and thus eligible to be activated April 6, after just four games. That makes for a tricky situation because ideally, the Giants would like Sandoval to play in some of the Bay Bridge exhibitions against the A's in the Bay Area. But if he plays in one of those games and has a setback, then any 15-day DL stay couldn't be backdated.
Bochy has described Sandoval as "determined" to play in the April 1 opener at Dodger Stadium.