Elbow 'OK,' Sandoval remains on active roster

Elbow 'OK,' Sandoval remains on active roster

OAKLAND -- The 25-man Opening Day roster that the Giants finalized Saturday included Pablo Sandoval, demonstrating their belief that the third baseman's right elbow had improved enough to allow him to play.

"Pablo's OK," Giants vice president and assistant general manager Bobby Evans said.

The Giants announced their final spring roster moves a couple of hours after their 4-3 loss to the Oakland A's. They purchased the contract of catcher Guillermo Quiroz, adding him to the 25-man roster, and reassigned outfielder Cole Gillespie to Minor League camp. Obviously, placing Sandoval on the disabled list was not among San Francisco's transactions.

Sandoval stretched and played catch with teammates before Saturday's game. Bochy hoped to get Sandoval an at-bat late in the game but didn't find a proper situation. Bochy said that Sandoval would work out Sunday before the team boards its 3 p.m. PT flight to Los Angeles.

Sandoval went 0-for-2 as a designated hitter Friday night in San Francisco before telling Bochy of discomfort and being replaced.

"He's doing a lot better today," Bochy said before Saturday's game. "He feels fine and actually wants to play."

Bochy said that using Sandoval off the bench during the season-opening series at Los Angeles would be an option to prevent him from aggravating his elbow injury, which has been diagnosed as nerve irritation.

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