It may be too late to do the Red Sox much good, but barring a setback, David Ortiz is expected to come off the disabled list prior to Friday’s game, CSNNE.com is reporting.
“It looked like David got through everything perfectly today,” manager Bobby Valentine. “Today was the day he was going to run the bases, which he hadn’t done yet. He had run sprints and has done other things. Today he ran the bases. We’ll see how he gets through it. If he gets through, we’re planning on hopefully activating him tomorrow.”
Ortiz has missed five weeks with a strained right Achilles’ tendon. The designated hitter was one of the game’s best hitters before going down, coming in at .316/.414/.609 with 23 homers through 320 at-bats.
Pablo Sandoval could be tabbed to play second base in the near future, per a report from John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle. According to Shea, Sandoval has been spotted taking grounders at second during pre-game warm-ups and may be considering switching to the keystone on a part-time basis.
It wouldn’t be the weirdest thing the 31-year-old corner infielder has done this year — that distinction goes to the flawless inning of relief he pitched in a blowout loss against the Dodgers last month. But it would represent a pretty notable departure from his comfort zone even so; Sandoval has primarily manned first and third base throughout his 11-year career in the majors and has also taken a few reps at DH during his resurgence with the Giants in 2018.
Of course, this wouldn’t necessarily be a permanent switch for Sandoval. As Shea points out, the Giants are thin on middle infielders after losing Joe Panik to a torn UCL in his left thumb and backup Alen Hanson to a left hamstring strain. Provided he can get up to speed quickly (no easy feat, according to infield coach Ron Wotus), he’d give the club some added depth behind Kelby Tomlinson and Miguel Gomez until Panik is ready to take the field again. Sandoval has impressed at the plate this spring, batting a healthy .270/.329/.429 with six extra-base hits and a .757 through 70 plate appearances.