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.
Both a Kinsler and a Kintzler made headlines at the Winter Meetings. After the Angels acquired second baseman Ian Kinsler from the Tigers, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Nationals have inked reliever Brandon Kintzler to a two-year contract, pending a physical. Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports reports that the deal is worth $10 million and includes a third-year option worth $6 million.
Kintzler, 33, spent the latter half of his 2017 campaign with the Nationals after the Twins traded him. Between both clubs, he put up an aggregate 3.03 ERA with 29 saves and a 39/16 K/BB ratio in 71 1/3 innings.
Sean Doolittle will handle save situations for the Nationals. Kintzler and Ryan Madson will bridge the gap to him in the seventh and eighth innings.