Pablo Sandoval has a bone spur in his right elbow, but he expects to be fine for Opening Day

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From CSNBayArea.com’s Andrew Baggarly:

Third baseman Pablo Sandoval had an MRI exam that ruled out major structural damage in his sore right elbow, and the Giants remain optimistic that their World Series MVP will start on opening day.

But Sandoval’s arm will bear watching all season, head athletic trainer Dave Groeschner said. In addition to ulnar neuritis, Sandoval has a bone spur in his elbow that appears similar to the spur that had shown up on tests since 2009.

The bone spur is not causing Sandoval any pain right now, so it doesn’t need to be surgically removed.

“Most of these guys have spurs, and he has a chronic one,” Groeschner told Baggarly on Tuesday night.

Sandoval hasn’t thrown for a couple of days and could remain in shutdown mode for the rest of this week as a precautionary measure. He played winter ball and was on Team Venezuela for the 2013 World Baseball Classic, so the Giants aren’t too worried about getting him more Cactus League at-bats. San Francisco opens its regular-season schedule on April 1 against the Dodgers. And Sandoval should be in the starting lineup.

Pirates suspend Keone Kela two games for contract violation

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On Monday, the Pirates announced the club suspended reliever Keone Kela two games for an unspecified contract violation. Kela will begin serving the suspension tonight.

Kela, 26, went on the injured list in early May with a right shoulder injury. He was on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Indianapolis for the last week and a half. Prior to the injury, Kela posted a 4.63 ERA with an 11/4 K/BB ratio in 11 2/3 innings.

After sitting out Monday and Tuesday, Kela can rejoin the Pirates on Wednesday in the middle of their four-game home series against the Cardinals.