Sandoval fortunate to avoid serious hand damage
LOS ANGELES — Pablo Sandoval required 4 stitches after maintaining a laceration on his right pinkie Monday night, however, the Giants are assured the veteran infielder could be able to avoid the injured list.
Sandoval suffered the injury after being spiked with the aid of Max Muncy within the fifth inning of the Giants’ 3-2 win. The play proved to be one of the defensive highlights of the night, as shortstop Brandon Crawford needed to range a long way to his left to field the grounder earlier than spinning and throwing to Sandoval, who made an excellent stretch at the start base to file the out. Muncy inadvertently stepped on Sandoval’s hand while crossing the bag.
Sandoval, who became compelled to exit the sport the following inning, initially feared the damage would be extra intense, but X-rays revealed no structural damage to his hand.
“I felt it became going to be worse,” Sandoval stated. “I concept it is able to be a break or dislocation. I just try to make the plays to help the group but I can. I’ll sacrifice and do the entirety available to make that play. It became worth it.”
A transfer-hitter, Sandoval said he thinks the damage will have an effect on him more swinging proper-surpassed than left-handed. He became not going to play the next two days, as the Dodgers had been scheduled to start a couple of lefties in Clayton Kershaw and Rich Hill.
“He’s doing quite properly,” supervisor Bruce Bochy stated Tuesday. “He’s got his pinkie wrapped up, but he says he is going to move in there and try a few swings. Right now, we’re simply putting him daily. I think we got a smash with nothing structurally damaged in there.”
Giants watching Smith’s workload
Bochy said he should live far from closer Will Smith on Tuesday after the usage of the 29-yr-antique left-hander in five of the last seven days. Smith is a super 19-for-19 in save possibilities this season while pitching to a 2.12 ERA over 29 2/three innings.
“I’m going to try to deliver him a wreck when I can,” Bochy said. “We’ll see wherein we are at, but his utilization has absolutely picked up right here within the ultimate week and a half, so I’m going to speak to him and notice where we’re at. No question, we need to maintain an eye on him. He feels superb, although.”
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