The Giants got one step closer to reuniting their opening day lineup, then took two steps back. Marco Scutaro (back tightness) returned to his familiar No. 2 spot in a 5-4 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday, but Brandon Belt was a late scratch with neck pain and Pablo Sandoval spent more time with a doctor than on a field. Sandoval, who has ulnar neuritis in his right elbow, had an X-ray and a CT scan Sunday. Trainer Dave Groeschner said there were "no new unexpected findings" and that Sandoval would rest and undergo several more days of treatment before being re-evaluated. Sandoval was limited to light conditioning a day after manager Bruce Bochy said the third baseman's status for the season opener would start to become an issue if he didn't make progress by the end of the weekend. Sandoval wasn't the only regular held out of Sunday's lineup. Belt became the latest to succumb to a minor injury after he woke up in the middle of the night with a feeling in his neck that "didn't really feel like your normal crick." Belt tried to play catch in the morning but left the field a few minutes into the team workout and headed for the trainer's room. He said he feels a pull in a muscle on the lower left side of his neck when he turns his head but doesn't anticipate it becoming a lingering problem. "Hopefully I'll be able to play tomorrow," Belt said.
Pablo Sandoval has more tests on injured elbow
San Jose Mercury News | Mar 25