Thursday's scheduled off-day prolongs the Giants' evaluation period for Sandoval, who hurt himself Tuesday night while stretching for a throw as he played first base. Sandoval underwent an MRI Wednesday that confirmed his injury.
Sandoval admitted, "I'm just trying to hang in there," adding that his hamstring was "still a little sore." But he estimated his chances of missing only a few games and skirting the DL as "100 percent."
Sandoval's batting .299 with eight home runs and 33 RBIs in 62 games. The two-time All-Star missed 35 games earlier this season with a fractured left hamate bone and the subsequent surgery.
Bochy acknowledged the impact of Sandoval's absence. "We're more of a speed-type club that finds a way to scratch and claw for runs. Still, you need somebody to drive them in," Bochy said.