As expected the Giants have placed Pablo Sandoval on the disabled list, but they’re calling the injury a strained left foot despite team president Larry Baer saying during a radio interview this morning that the third baseman had a “hairline fracture.”
Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com reports that Sandoval is wearing a walking boot in the clubhouse, but adds that his “limp is barely noticeable.”
Joaquin Arias is starting at third base tonight and the Giants have also called up Triple-A infielder Nick Noonan, but neither player is anyone’s idea of a starting-caliber third baseman.
Sandoval hit .289 with eight homers and a .753 OPS in 57 games before the injury and this will be his fourth DL stint in three seasons.
Jhoulys Chacin will start on Opening Day, April 3 against the Dodgers in Los Angeles, Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. It will be Chacin’s second Opening Day start, the other coming in 2013 with the Rockies against the Brewers. He’ll be the fifth different Padres pitcher in as many years to start on Opening Day.
Chacin, 29, inked a one-year, $1.75 million contract with the Padres in December. The right-hander spent the 2016 season with the Braves and Angels, compiling an aggregate 4.81 ERA with a 119/55 K/BB ratio in 144 innings.
Lin notes that Chacin will be followed in the rotation by Clayton Richard and Jered Weaver. It will be an interesting rotation, to say the least, as it will arguably be the worst in baseball.
Matt Boyd has earned the No. 5 spot in the Tigers’ starting rotation, which means veteran Anibal Sanchez will pitch out of the bullpen, MLB.com’s Jason Beck reported on Wednesday.
Boyd, 26, pitched well this spring, compiling a 2.49 ERA with a 21/0 K/BB ratio in 21 2/3 innings. The lefty’s numbers in the majors last year weren’t nearly as good.
Sanchez, 33, is coming off of the worst season of his career and overall didn’t have a great spring, putting up a 5.03 ERA with a 20/4 K/BB ratio in 19 2/3 innings. He came on strong at the end, however, tossing 14 consecutive scoreless innings. Manager Brad Ausmus didn’t rule out the possibility of Sanchez returning to the rotation at some point.