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Pablo Sandoval tests injured elbow, could still play opening day

Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval underwent several drills to test his injured right elbow on Wednesday.

According to CSNBA’s Andrew Baggarly, the World Series MVP took batting practice from the left and right side, fielded ground balls and played catch at 75 feet.

“There was some intensity to it,” said Dave Groeschner, the Giants’ head athletic trainer. “Now we wait and see how he comes out of it.”

Sandoval has an inflamed ulnar nerve in the elbow, which may be worsened by a bone spur in the joint.

It’s still unclear what Sandoval’s status is for opening day next week, but at least he hasn’t been ruled out yet. But Wednesday’s news is certainly encouraging on that front.

If the Giants end up putting the man of fluctuating weight on the DL, it would be retroactive to the last spring training game he played in, likely meaning he would only miss around four games to start the year. But if the club plays him in any of the upcoming exhibitions against the A’s, which they reportedly would like to do, and then decided he’s better off on the DL, any DL stint would be retroactive to that game and thus would keep him out of the regular season longer.

This will all be on the midterm.

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