Pablo Sandoval spent part of Saturday's spring finale leaning on a wall at the edge of the visiting dugout at the Coliseum, repeatedly tossing a ball into the air and catching it with his glove. The Giants third baseman is itching to get back in the everyday lineup, and he took a step in that direction Saturday. Sandoval took batting practice before a 4-3 loss to the A's and did a full infield workout, complete with a handful of strong throws to first to test his sore right elbow. Asked if he anticipated playing in Monday's season opener against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Sandoval flashed a wide smile. "Yeah, for sure," he said. "I'm feeling better. If I'm allowed to, I'm going to be there." Manager Bruce Bochy was more cautious, saying the team was happy with Sandoval's work Saturday but wanted to see how he felt after a similar workout Sunday. "It's going to go down to the wire," Bochy said. "It won't be an easy call, but we're pretty optimistic that he's going to make it." Bochy said the Giants might use Sandoval off the bench for the first two or three games to give him additional rest. The Giants are off Sunday and have another day off Thursday after three games with the Dodgers.