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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Giants Injury Update: Pablo Sandoval leaves with back, leg tightness

By on 7/27/2014 08:45:00 AM

San Francisco Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval left Saturday night's 5-0 loss to the LA Dodgers after popping out in the seventh inning with back and leg tightness, according to Alex Pavlovic of the Bay Area News Group. He was replaced by Tony Abreu. Manager Bruce Bochy described Sandoval as "pretty beat up" but hopes the switch hitter can play in Sunday's finale. The loss dropped the Giants to ½ game behind the Dodgers in the NL West race.

Sandoval, who is hitting .278/.327/.431 (OPS+ 117) with 12 homers and 44 RBI, has struggled with weight problems but they have not stopped him from being named to the All-Star team twice (2011, 2012) and winning two World Series rings (2010, 2012). He is a career .295/.348/.470 hitter, but for the last three seasons his average has dropped to .279/.337/.430—still above average for the position—and has been troubled by a variety of ailments: broken hamate bone (2012), strained left foot (2013) and an inflammed toe (May, 2014).

The Giants signed Sandoval, now in his age-27 season. as a free agent out of Venezuela in 2003 and he made his debut August 14, 2008. He is in his third year of arbitration ($17.7 million) and eligible for free agency after the 2014 season.

  (Rose Ingberman) and read her blog Lady and the Nats
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