Sandoval looking more likely to play opener

Sandoval looking more likely to play opener

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy sounded upbeat about Pablo Sandoval's troublesome right elbow, indicating Tuesday that the switch-hitting third baseman's chances of playing in Monday's season opener at Los Angeles had improved.

Bochy said that Sandoval might try "light work" Wednesday -- either hitting off a tee or playing light catch, or possibly both activities.

"There's progress," Bochy said of Sandoval, who hasn't played since March 16 while dealing with an irritated nerve in his elbow. "... I will say we're a lot more optimistic than we were two days ago about him going on Opening Day."

Backup catcher Hector Sanchez, who has been bothered by right shoulder soreness through much of Spring Training, also moved closer to full health by catching Matt Cain's simulated game. Sanchez unleashed several throws to second base from behind the plate. Some went awry, but a few were accurate.

"He showed a lot of arm strength," Bochy said in approval.

Chris Haft is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.