Sandoval unfazed by mouth injury
Lowry gets injection; Romo could play catch by Saturday
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- You've heard of smashmouth football. Well, third baseman Pablo Sandoval favors smashmouth baseball.One day after a bad-hop grounder struck him on the kisser and knocked his lips into his braces, Sandoval said he actually liked the experience.
"I don't know why," he said Thursday.Perhaps it enlivened the action for Sandoval, who seemed to relish the danger of playing third base. Asked if being bashed in the mouth scared him at all, he replied, "Why? That happens. That's the game. I'm not afraid of anything. That's the way I play." Sandoval sported swollen lips, which had to be pulled from his braces, and lost half of his right front tooth, which was temporarily filled. Though he insisted that he could play immediately, manager Bruce Bochy will stick to his initial plan of resting the 22-year-old for at least two days. Sandoval sat Thursday and was in Friday's tentative lineup, but his name vanished when the lineup was revised. Sandoval said that doctors offered him a pain-relief pill Wednesday, but he refused it. Waving his hand dismissively, he said, "I just fell asleep. That's it." In other Giants developments: The San Jose Mercury News reported that left-hander Noah Lowry received an injection in his balky shoulder from Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala., and probably won't resume throwing for two more weeks at the earliest. Right-hander Sergio Romo (elbow) said that he could be cleared to resume playing catch Saturday after team orthopedist Dr. Ken Akizuki examines him. Opposing starters have looked ready against the Giants recently. Chicago White Sox left-hander John Danks became the third pitcher in a row to blank San Francisco for five innings, following Milwaukee's Jeff Suppan (who'll likely pitch the April 7 opener at AT&T Park) and the Chicago Cubs' Ryan Dempster. But the Giants rallied again, erasing a 4-0 deficit to outlast the White Sox, 6-4. San Francisco vaulted ahead with four eighth-inning runs as Scott McClain lined a pinch-hit RBI single, Kevin Frandsen was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham mishandled a relay on Jesus Guzman's potential double-play grounder. Guzman, who has a reputation as a poor defender, substituted at first base and dove to smother Ben Broussard's bases-loaded, two-out grounder to save two runs and generate the final out. The play preserved the Giants' third consecutive victory, all in their last at-bat. "He hasn't been [at first base] that much, but that was a heck of a play," Bochy said. "When you're going good, you're going good, and Guzie's going good right now." Bochy acknowledged the Giants' struggles against Suppan, Dempster and Danks, who have combined to limit them to nine hits in 15 innings. "We're not doing much early in the game, but we've faced three starters who are on top of their game," Bochy said. "With that being said, we have to figure out some ways to get runs on the board."
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.