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Giants place Pablo Sandoval on injured list as Alex Dickerson returns

Giants place Pablo Sandoval on injured list as Alex Dickerson returns

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.

Pablo Sandoval thankful for second chance with Giants after Red Sox stint

Pablo Sandoval thankful for second chance with Giants after Red Sox stint

After helping the Giants win the 2014 World Series -- the franchise's third title in five seasons -- Pablo Sandoval left the Bay Area to sign a massive contract with the Boston Red Sox. But it wasn't the happy marriage he envisioned.

Sandoval struggled with injuries during his time in Boston, never living up to the five-year, $95 million contract the Red Sox gave him. It came to a head in 2017, when the Red Sox decided it was in their best interest to cut Sandoval -- believing his career to be all but over -- and eat the remaining $49.5 million left on the deal. 

After the Red Sox kicked him to the curb, Sandoval was labeled one of the biggest free-agent busts in recent history. That was a blow to the third baseman's ego.

"Being let go by the Red Sox hurt, especially because I was coming back from an injury and going through so many things in my life," Sandoval told ESPN's Marly Rivera. "I am a person who loves this sport. This is my passion. Besides my family, there is nothing I love more, and baseball has given me many blessings.

"But I also put in a lot of work and made many sacrifices, and I wasn't ready to leave the game. I wanted to prove to everyone, especially my children and my family, and set the example for my children, that in spite of the things that may happen to you, you always have to fight on."

Despite being cut by the Red Sox, blasted by the Boston media and fan base for his weight and lack of performance, Sandoval used his time in Boston as a way to grow.

"Being in Boston was a learning experience," Sandoval said. "The truth is that it was a great organization, and I have nothing against [the Red Sox]. And the fans, they are demanding, they want to see their players contribute. They want to see the best of them. And I learned from that."

Once he was cast aside by the Red Sox, Sandoval was hoping for one more chance to prove he still could hack it at the big league level. Of course, the Giants and manager Bruce Bochy still believed in him. They agreed to bring him back, but with the understanding that he was coming back to a different role on a different Giants team than the one he had left. 

"It was a learning opportunity because I had to start from scratch, forget what I had accomplished in the past and now try to do something different and accept a new role [as a bench player]," Sandoval told Rivera. "That has been difficult for me, to accept that role after playing every day or wanting to be an everyday player.

"But I am enjoying myself to the fullest. And I do that with a lot of love for those people who are in that office, that from the first they opened the doors to me."

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Sandoval adapted to his new role and has started to thrive once again with the Giants. This season he is slashing .269/.314/.509 with 14 home runs and 41 RBI, while playing an important role in helping the Giants make a push for the playoffs.

The veteran third baseman is thankful the Giants and Bochy believed in him and gave him one more chance to shine in the Bay.

"Despite all the things that I'd went through, the Giants always trusted me and they gave me the blessing of returning home. I am trying to make the best out of this second chance," Sandoval told ESPN.

"I think [Bochy] has been a very important factor in me being here today. He has always fought for me and put his feet to the fire for me, and I know I owe this second chance to him, and I love giving it all for him in what will be his final year."

Giants have fun, 'dress like Pablo Sandoval' on flight to Philadelphia

Giants have fun, 'dress like Pablo Sandoval' on flight to Philadelphia

SAN DIEGO -- Pablo Sandoval walked out of the clubhouse Sunday afternoon wearing tight jeans, a long white shirt, three heavy gold chains and bright bedazzled shoes. 

"You look like you!" closer Will Smith yelled.

So did the rest of the Giants. 

A team that's been riding high on the field decided to have a bit more fun off of it, going with a "Dress Like Pablo" theme for the evening flight to Philadelphia. After a few trips to the Gucci store and plenty of shopping on Amazon, lockers were filled with white jeans, red pants, bright printed shirts and the gaudiest jewelry players could find. Alex Dickerson added a Lakers hat to his ensemble and several players, including Buster Posey, wore big pairs of glasses. 

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Sandoval's energy and bat kept the Giants going through much of a rough first half, and he has continued to play a key role as the team has climbed back into the NL wild-card race. It's been a heck of a comeback for a player who five years ago left for Boston and said he didn't miss most of his teammates. 

"It shows there's a lot of forgiveness on this team," Posey said, smiling.

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Nearly all of the Giants participated, although a few members of the traveling party did not know this was a day to bring ripped white jeans. Manager Bruce Bochy had his khakis and black shirt hanging in his locker after the game.

"I didn't get the memo," he said.