SAN FRANCISCO -- As anticipated, the Giants got one big left-handed bat back on Wednesday -- but they lost another.
Pablo Sandoval was put on the injured list because of inflammation in his right elbow as Alex Dickerson returned from a stint with an oblique strain. Dickerson is expected to start Friday night in Phoenix, but manager Bruce Bochy said it's unclear when Sandoval will return.
Sandoval has had bone chips in his right elbow since 2013 but they flared up recently and he got a cortisone injection on Sunday. The Giants were hopeful that would calm the pain, but it didn't make much of an impact. Sandoval right now is limited to hitting from the left side.
"I won't help anybody like that," he said. "I want to be straight up with my manager and tell the truth. It's frustrating but at the same time you have to take care of yourself to be ready for September and to make a push."
The Giants could ultimately decide to use Sandoval just from the left side and limit him to first base defensively, but that would take away some of their lineup flexibility. Sandoval was hopeful 10 days of rest would get him playable. He said that right now, he's "pretty beat up."
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Dickerson played that way for a while but got two weeks to try and get right so the Giants can use him on a more frequent basis. He got four plate appearances during a rehab game for Triple-A Sacramento on Tuesday night.
The Giants are averaging 3.8 runs per game this season without Dickerson and 5.5 runs with him.
Billy from "School of Rock" said it best: "You're tacky and I hate you."
We're all thinking the same thing looking at Nike's new MLB jerseys for the 2020 season. An agreement in January was announced between MLB, Fanatics and Nike, making Nike league's on-field partner and official uniform provider.
Nike's first installment of jerseys have begun trickling out, and my god talk about being pretentious. The jerseys feature a distracting swoosh logo right across the right chest.
A's and Giants jerseys will remain the same outside of the Nike logo on the chest.
It's a stark difference from Majestic, MLB's previous jersey provider. In years past, a small logo was placed on the left sleeve.
But Paul Lukas of Uni-Watch says MLB sold the chest space to Nike for a higher price.
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Fans rightfully are upset about the changes, but it shouldn't be a surprise. The NBA began placing sponsorships on their jerseys starting in the 2017-18 season. The NFL does the same for their practice jerseys.
While baseball is one of the most "traditional" sports and often behind the times, don't be shocked if sponsors soon find their ways onto MLB jerseys.
These aren't the Giants of the past. These aren't even the Giants of just a few years ago. It's a new age of baseball in San Francisco, and it starts with the coaching staff.
Sources told NBC Sports Bay Area's Alex Pavlovic on Sunday that the Giants are working to bring in former Dodgers minor league hitting coach Justin Viele, 29, as one of their major league hitting coaches. This comes days after 33-year-old Donnie Ecker was named San Francisco's hitting coach.
When it comes to pitching, the Giants have gone non-traditional and turned their eyes to the college game. D1Baseball.com's Kendall Rogers reported Sunday that Arizona State's Jason Kelly is a "serious candidate" to become the Giants' next pitching coach.
Kelly was named ASU's pitching coach this past June. Prior to that, he spent seven seasons at the University of Washington and was revered as a top coach and recruiter for the Huskies. D1Baseball.com named Kelly the 2018 National Coach of the Year for Washington's run to the College World Series.
Under Kelly's tutelage, 15 pitchers at Washington were drafted since 2013, including seven in the top 15 rounds. He isn't the only college pitching coach the Giants have targeted, too.
The front office also went after the University of Georgia's Sean Kenny, and Eastern Carolina's Jason Dietrich. Both declined and decided to stay put in college. Rogers says the Giants have gone after four or five candidates thus far.
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The Giants haven't formally announced that Curt Young will not return for a third season as their pitching coach, but it was expected that manager Gabe Kapler would bring in several new coaches. The only known coach to come back next season is Ron Wotus, who will be in his 33rd year with the Giants organization.