Sandoval leaves game, expects to play in Chicago
The Giants have dealt with more than their fair share of disheartening injuries this season, but they appeared to catch a break Sunday.
Pablo Sandoval was replaced in the seventh inning of a 3-1 victory over Cleveland because of a tight left quadriceps muscle but said afterward that he expects to be back for Tuesday's doubleheader in Chicago.
"I'm going to be good," Sandoval said with a wide smile. "I'm just trying to be smart. I don't want to be on the (disabled list) again -- I just want to be ready for Tuesday."
Sandoval said he first felt tightness when he was running the bases after a third-inning single. The Giants elected to be cautious with Sandoval, who returned from a 40-game stint on the disabled list on June 14.
Before leaving the game, Sandoval had recorded his first multihit game since April 26. His fifth-inning double was his first extra-base hit since being activated from the D.L.
The results were mixed: Crawford singled in the third inning but also struck out twice and grounded out.
Even with Mike Fontenot (left groin strain) set to begin a rehab assignment this week, Bochy indicated that Crawford's roster spot is safe for now.
"We have talked about his situation," Bochy said. "If we thought he was at a point where we needed to make a move, we would do it."
The Giants are looking for their best defensive option at shortstop to share time with Miguel Tejada, which bodes well for Crawford. Bochy said that when Fontenot does return, he will be more involved in the rotation at second base, which currently consists of Bill Hall and Emmanuel Burriss.
Fontenot will head to the Arizona Summer League on Monday and then join the Triple-A Fresno Grizzlies on Thursday.
-- ALEX PAVLOVIC