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08/25/09 3:17 AM ET
Sandoval pulled from finale with tight calf
Giants third baseman nursing injury caused by foul ball
By Owen Perkins / Special to MLB.com
DENVER -- The Giants lost the services of Pablo Sandoval in Monday's series finale with the Rockies when the third baseman was removed from the game after his inning-ending at-bat in the top of the third. Sandoval left with a tight right calf in the Giants' eventual 6-4 loss in 14 innings. Juan Uribe came in at third base in the bottom of the inning, depleting a bench that is already shorthanded with Freddy Sanchez suffering from a sore left shoulder. That short bench would come back to haunt the Giants in the 14-inning affair, forcing them to use Tim Lincecum as a pinch-runner and sending Brandon Medders to the plate in the 13th inning with two out and the bases loaded. Sandoval drove in the game's first run -- and the Giants' only run through the first 13 innings -- on a sacrifice fly in the first frame, plating Eugenio Velez, who led off with a single, stole second and advanced to third on a flyout. "In the first at-bat, I felt pain," Sandoval said. He has been using an ice pack on his leg since Tuesday, when he fouled a ball off his calf. "I've had [pain] since Cincinnati, because I got hit in the calf," Sandoval said of the bruise he sustained in the series opener with the Reds. He managed to play two more innings Monday until he drove a deep fly to center to end the third inning and appeared to have a slight limp as he broke from the box. "I don't know how I'm going to feel," Sandoval said of his prospects of being able to play Tuesday when the Giants host the D-backs. "I'm just going to make sure I'm ready for tomorrow."
Owen Perkins is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.