On their last day in Arizona, the Giants got a bit of good news. Third baseman Pablo Sandoval went through his most strenuous workout in nearly two weeks and remains on track to return to the lineup in time for opening day.
Sandoval played catch up to a distance of 75 feet, took swings from both sides and fielded ground balls. He will be reevaluated on Thursday in San Francisco. Sandoval hasn't played since March 16 because of ulnar neuritis in his right elbow, but the Giants are hopeful that he can get a few at-bats in this week's Bay Bridge Series.
The World Series MVP has said he doesn't believe he'll need many at-bats to get back into game shape thanks to an offseason spent playing winter ball. Sandoval also got significant playing time during the World Baseball Classic.
The Giants kick off their repeat bid on Monday in Los Angeles against the new-look Dodgers.
--Infielder Nick Noonan solidified his hold on a roster spot with a huge day at the plate. Noonan finished a homer shy of the cycle and scored a pair of runs.
Manager Bruce Bochy has not officially named Noonan to the team as a backup infielder, but Tony Abreu is the only other in-house candidate and he managed only two Cactus League at-bats because of a strained quad.
Bochy wouldn't go as far as saying Noonan is on the team, but did say that Abreu will not travel to San Francisco with the rest of the squad.
--The Giants beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 8-6 and finished their time in Arizona with a 15-14-4 record.
Madison Bumgarner gave up two runs and struck out six over five solid innings and finished the spring with a 2.29 ERA. Brandon Belt hit his MLB-leading eighth homer of the spring and Hunter Pence and Francisco Peguero also went deep.
--Hector Sanchez (shoulder) caught in a minor league game Wednesday and Bochy is optimistic that the backup catcher will be ready to go on opening day.
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