Pablo Sandoval still is learning how to be a role player. No longer an everyday third baseman, Sandoval is branching out to expand his versatility. Aside from playing third and first, he has caught bullpen sessions and even pitched a perfect inning, one of the team’s 2018 highlights.
Now, second base is an option. Sandoval has taken grounders at second before the past two games, and the Giants think it’s realistic he can get some innings at the position.
“You never know. You could see a scenario,” said infield coach Ron Wotus, who instructed Sandoval on Saturday while first base coach Jose Alguacil hit grounders. “He looks good. He has quick feet and good hands. So far, so good.”
No. 1 second baseman Joe Panik is out with a thumb injury, and backup Alen Hanson landed on the disabled list after spending just two weeks with the team. Kelby Tomlinson and Miguel Gomez are sharing the position until further notice.
Wotus said cutoffs and relays — not to mention playing out of position in shifts — are significant challenges for someone new to the position.