Pablo Sandoval shut down again after playing catch

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More bad news regarding Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval via Andrew Baggarly:

Pablo Sandoval tried to play catch on Saturday but even light duty proved too much, Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. Sandoval’s elbow remained sore, so the Giants shut him down and will reevaluate him on Sunday.

“We had to back off a little,” Bochy said. “We’ll see how he feels tomorrow.”

Sandoval has a bone spur in the back of his elbow that’s been there for several years and may or may not be contributing to an irritated ulnar nerve.

When he has been able to play, Sandoval has looked good in spring, currently sitting on a .435 average in 23 at-bats. But the 2012 World Series MVP would need to make some big strides health-wise to be ready for Opening Day.

Rays to start relievers in all three games of weekend series with Orioles

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Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays will start a reliever in each of the three games of the club’s weekend series at home against the Orioles. Sergio Romo will start Friday, Ryne Stanek will start Saturday, and Romo will start again Sunday. The Orioles’ starters are TBA at the moment.

This continues the trend that drew attention last weekend, resulting in Angels third baseman calling the strategy “bad for baseball.” I wrote about the potential labor impacts of this strategy as well. The Rays did it against the Angels because they had a right-hander-heavy top of the lineup and didn’t want lefty Ryan Yarbrough to have to face that top of the lineup three times.

The O’s have a righty-heavy top of the lineup as well, as various combinations of Trey Mancini, Adam Jones, Manny Machado, and Jonathan Schoop have batted 1-2-3-4 for most of the season. Romo has limited right-handers to a .702 OPS this season.