PHOENIX – Pablo Sandoval is headed for another MRI exam after aggravating his strained left foot in his first at-bat Saturday night.
The Giants’ All-Star third baseman is doubtful to start Sunday’s series finale at Chase Field, and manager Bruce Bochy said he was hopeful Sandoval would be improved after Monday’s travel day. The Giants start a series in Pittsburgh on Tuesday.
Sandoval said he felt “similar pain” to the foot strain that caused him to miss last weekend’s three-game series at St. Louis. He singled in his first at-bat and slid hard into second base while breaking up a double play. Then he was grimacing as he ran down the line on a double-play grounder in the third.
Joaquin Arias replaced Sandoval in the bottom of the third; Arias will start at third base Sunday against Arizona left-hander Tyler Skaggs, Bochy said.
(Bochy added that Juan Perez could make his major league debut with a start in the outfield on Sunday, and Buster Posey would catch the day game after the night game as well.)
Sandoval is going for an MRI “just to see where we’re at,” Bochy said.
“It started to get sore and we just wanted to be cautious,” the manager added.
Sandoval’s 37 RBI lead the club.