Dusty Baker to resume managing on Monday

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John Fay reports that Dusty Baker is coming back on Monday, when the Reds play the Cardinals in the season’s last series.  He also reports that he’s feeling much better than he did before he went into the hospital, though he is noticeably thinner.

This is really only worth a one line post — go to Fay’s article for Baker’s comments — but because I hate having only one paragraph in a post, I’ll use this paragraph to link GQ’s oral history of “Cheers.”  Which was a fine, fine show and thus makes for a fine, fine story, even if it wasn’t as good as “Night Court.”

The Giants are considering Pablo Sandoval at second base

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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.