Update: Sandoval says he’s waiting until Friday to make an official decision, per ESPN’s Marly Rivera.
MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez reports that the Giants are expected to sign free agent third baseman Pablo Sandoval to a minor league deal. Sandoval became a free agent on Wednesday when the Red Sox released him.
Sandoval, 30, appeared in 32 games for the Red Sox this season. He hit a meager .212/.269/.354 with four home runs and 12 RBI in 108 plate appearances.
The Giants have reportedly received interest in third baseman Eduardo Nunez. In the event he is traded, Sandoval could get some playing time at third base along with Jae-gyun Hwang.
White Sox reliever Danny Farquhar passed out in the dugout after completing his outing against the Astros on Friday evening. The cause of the incident has yet to be determined, but Farquhar was supervised by the club’s medical personnel and EMTs and regained consciousness before being taken to Rush University Medical Center for further treatment and testing. A diagnosis has not been announced by the team.
Farquhar pitched 2/3 of an inning in relief during Friday’s 10-0 loss to Houston. He was brought in to relieve James Shields in the top of the sixth inning and was immediately bested by George Springer, who belted a ground-rule double down the right field line and scored Brian McCann and Derek Fisher for the Astros’ sixth and seventh runs of the night. He recovered to strike out Jose Altuve, but was again punished with a two-run homer from Carlos Correa (his first of two), and induced a fly out to end the inning.
The 31-year-old righty pitched just 7 1/3 innings with the club prior to Friday’s performance, issuing four hits, three runs, two homers and eight strikeouts in seven appearances.