SAN FRANCISCO -- A wild curveball accelerated Pablo Sandoval's return to the majors.
Sandoval had his contract purchased on Saturday morning a few hours after Brandon Belt was hit in the head by an Anthony Banda pitch. Belt was put on the seven-day concussion disabled list.
The concussion is the fourth for Belt in eight years. Late Friday night, there was a bit more optimism about Belt's condition, but there was no doubt he would be placed on the DL regardless of how he is feeling. There's no reason for the Giants to take any chances with one of their best players.
Sandoval used to fit that mold, but he left for Boston after 2014 and struggled mightily. The Panda was designated for assignment last month and returned to the Giants. He was hitting just .207 in Triple-A but the Giants had vowed to give him a look eventually, and they're short on options. Conor Gillaspie was just cut, Ryder Jones will move to first for the time being and Christian Arroyo is hurt. The Giants, then, chose Sandoval over Jae-Gyun Hwang.
Barry Bonds was back in left field Friday at AT&T Park. Calm down, he was in blue jeans not a Giants jersey.
Before the Giants take on the Phillies, Bonds casual caught fly balls back at the spot he used to roam for San Francisco. On Twitter he wrote, "I think I still got it. What do you guys think?"
Known for his legendary power as baseball's all-time home runs leader, Bonds is also one of the best defensive outfielders the game has ever seen. Bonds won eight Gold Glove awards in his career, five of them coming with the Giants.
Willie Mays and Roberto Clemente are the all-time leaders of Gold Glove awards among outfielders with 12 each.
The Giants have used 13 players in left field this season. Perhaps they could use one more in Bonds.
The Giants scored early and hung on to beat the Phillies on Thursday night. One night later, Bruce Bochy is going with the same eight.
Philadelphia Phillies (43-76)
1. Cesar Hernandez (S) 2B
2. Freddy Galvis (S) SS
3. Nick Williams (L) CF
4. Rhys Hoskins (R) LF
5. Maikel Franco (R) 3B
6. Tommy Joseph (R) 1B
7. Jorge Alfaro (R) C
8. Cameron Perkins (R) RF
9. Zach Eflin (R) P
San Francisco Giants (49-74)
1. Denard Span (L) CF
2. Hunter Pence (R) RF
3. Jarrett Parker (L) LF
4. Buster Posey (R) C
5. Pablo Sandoval (S) 3B
6. Brandon Crawford (L) SS
7. Ryder Jones (L) 1B
8. Kelby Tomlinson (R) 2B
9. Matt Moore (L) P