Pablo Sandoval missed Sunday’s game after aggravating his strained left foot the day before, and the Giants are considering placing the World Series MVP on the disabled list. It rings a bell on more than one level.
It’s the same injury that kept him out of extended action a week ago. The third baseman underwent an MRI, his second since he injured the foot on May 30, which Bruce Bochy said revealed no additional problems. Via Alex Pavlovic:
“The MRI didn’t show any other damage, but we’ll discuss all this on the flight,” Bochy said. “He’s probably going to need a few days. The D.L. is a possibility, it is. We need to get this to calm down. Sometimes you get an injury like this and if you try to get through it, you end up losing him for a longer period of time.”
It’s a woefully familiar issue for Giants. If you follow the Giants or Sandoval’s career closely, like one of those loons in the panda hats, you know persistent injuries have become Sandoval’s biggest weakness after the deli spread in the clubhouse (kidding, but still probably true).
So, it sounds like Sandoval will be finding himself on the DL. Again. For the third season in a row. No question Sandoval is a valuable member of the Giants (just ask Justin Verlander), but how long until the injuries nullify that importance and the Giants start to look for more reliable options at third base?