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.
Phillies third baseman Will Middlebrooks suffered a serious injury during Saturday’s Grapefruit League contest against the Orioles. The infielder was chasing down a pop fly in the eighth inning when he ran into left fielder Andrew Pullin, who inadvertently trapped Middlebrooks’ ankle under his leg. Middlebrooks was unable to put weight on his leg following the collision and was carted off the field and taken to a local hospital for X-rays.
Per MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, not much is known yet about the severity of the ankle injury or the recovery time it will require, though it appears serious enough to set Middlebrooks back considerably as he seeks a backup/bench role with the team this spring.
The 29-year-old is currently seeking another opportunity to extend his six-year major-league career in 2018. He’s coming off of two down years with the Brewers and Rangers, during which he slashed a cumulative .169/.229/.262 with four extra bases through 70 plate appearances.