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Pablo Sandoval injury: Giants 3B returns for Opening Day

Pablo Sandoval will be in the Giants' lineup for today's Opening Day matchup against the Dodgers.

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San Francisco Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval has been hampered by an elbow injury since early last month. His status for Opening Day was in question, but he will be in the lineup today when the Giants take on the Los Angeles Dodgers, according to Andrew Baggarly of CSN Bay Area.

Sandoval was diagnosed with a an irritated nerve in his right elbow last month. Considering the amount of action he saw during the World Baseball Classic, San Francisco wasn't initially concerned about the third baseman's status for the start of the regular season.

But Sandoval faced a setback Friday while playing in a spring training contest. It wasn't enough to send him to the disabled list, and the hefty slugger will attempt to play through the ailment.

Sandoval appeared in 108 games for the Giants last season, hitting .283/.342/.447 with 25 doubles and 12 home runs over 442 plate appearances. The 26-year-old owns a career batting line of .303/.353/.490 over fives seasons in the majors.

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