Pablo Sandoval played catch from 75 feet, took batting practice from both sides and fielded grounders today, his first real bout of baseball activity since he was diagnosed with an inflamed nerve in his right elbow. Sandoval has expressed a desire to return by Monday’s opener in Los Angeles. Whether that happens depends on how he comes through today’s activities, and those in the days to come. The Giants’ offense did fine without him in the final Cactus League game. The Giants are leading the Diamondbacks 8-6 in the eighth inning. Nick Noonan singled, doubled and tripled before grounding out in his final at-bat. Hunter Pence, Francisco Peguero and Brandon Belt all homered. Belt hit his eighth, which leads all major-leaguers this spring. Madison Bumgarner allowed two runs in five innings and was not entirely happy with his outing. When I mentioned he had only one walk he said, “I’d like to keep it to none. I got a little off-track and I had to find it again.
Pablo Sandoval takes big step toward making SF Giants opener
San Francisco Chronicle | Mar 27