"Right out of the gate, he was swinging," Romo said. "It was very uplifting to see that. Seeing him out there puts us through the roof."Cain headed in a different direction when Sanchez's liner smacked into him. But Cain, tended to by head athletic trainer Dave Groeschner, rose quickly and tested himself with a warmup throw before continuing to pitch. Though Cain threw without a protective L-screen, he's unlikely to use it the next time he throws BP. "I just don't like the L-screen," Cain said. "I feel like you have to throw around it and it's just an uncomfortable feeling for me to throw with it." Though the Giants dodged the misfortune of losing a top starting pitcher to a preventable injury, Bochy agreed with Cain.
"Sometimes [the screen] can affect their delivery," Bochy said. "That's fine with me, because you have to learn to field your position and defend yourself. Sometimes you get bad habits using that screen. You drop your guard, and you can't do that during a game."Sandoval was extremely alert as he awaited Affeldt's final delivery before a couple of practice pitchouts. But the switch-hitting third baseman, batting right-handed against Affeldt, had no chance to avoid the ball. "I was hoping he'd get out of the way. I knew when I threw it that it was way too far in," said Affeldt, who explained that trying a new slide-step motion may have robbed him of control. "I saw it go right at him out of my hand. That's how I knew it was bad. But he's a hitter that doesn't move. That's why he's such a good hitter. He's going to hold in there as long as possible." Sandoval grinned widely as he insisted that he was unharmed. "Nothing serious," he said. "It happens."
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less