San Francisco Giants: Final Spring Training Headlines As Opening Day Looms

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Minor Injuries Are Piling Up

Minor injuries can be dealt with, but once the occasional dent transpires into a DL trip, some discomfort arises.

Luckily, the Giants’ cast of injured players seem in line to be ready for Opening Day on Apr. 1.

Mar 20, 2013; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; San Francisco Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval (48) pretends to sleep on the dugout railing during the second inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Scottsdale Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Pablo Sandoval is nursing a right elbow injury that sounded serious at first, but all reports indicate that he’s feeling a lot better.  The “Panda” could play Friday against the A’s on Friday. The Giants aren’t 100 percent clear as to whether or not he will be ready to go on Opening Day, as it all depends on whether his elbow flares up again. Still, it’s highly likely that he goes on the DL.

Jose Mijares was originally projected to start the season on the DL with an immpgiment in his left elbow. But that doesn’t seem necceary now, reports Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle.

If anyone is a “lock” to start Opening Day on the DL, it’s Tony Abreu. Despite playing in only one spring training game so far with a knee problem, the Giants have kept him around.

Regardless, depth will again be key for San Francisco in 2013 like it was in 2012 and 2010.