Foot injury sends Pablo Sandoval to the disabled list

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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.

Indians sign Melky Cabrera to a minor league deal

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The Indians have signed free agent outfielder Melky Cabrera to a minor league deal. The pact is pending a physical.

Cabrera, 33, went unsigned this past offseason after putting up a season of .285/.324/.423 with 17 homers and 85 RBI with the White Sox and the Royals.

Cabrera will report to Columbus once he passes his physical and, according to Paul Hoynes, there are no guarantees being made to him that he’ll get playing time. That said, the Indians aren’t getting much outfield production from anyone besides Michael Brantley, and Cabrera’s status as a switch hitter would give Terry Francona some flexibility, so it would not be shocking to see him on the big club after some reps in the minors.