Pablo Sandoval to make first career start at second base


Pablo Sandoval already proved he's the ultimate utility man earlier this season by throwing a perfect 1-2-3 inning in his pitching debut. On Sunday, Sandoval will add another new one to his résumé. 

Sandoval is making his first start ever at second base for the Giants Sunday night against the Cubs at Wrigley Field. He previously played 2/3 of an inning at second base for the Red Sox last season against the Orioles. 

This is a first for Sandoval, but he has been taking ground balls at second base recently. 

The Giants' depth at second base has been depleted by injuries this season. Joe Panik and Alen Hanson are both on the disabled list, leaving Kelby Tomlinson and Miguel Gomez as the only other options.

Chicago is starting right-hander Tyler Chatwood against the Giants and Sandoval, a switch-hitter, has hit much better left-handed than right-handed this season. Both of his home runs this year have come as a lefty and he is batting .259 left-handed compared to .133 right-handed. 

And, Sandoval has a lot of previous success off of Chatwood. Sandoval has hit .333 for his career off Chatwood (6-for-18), including two home runs.

After Sandoval's pitching debut, he made it clear he's willing to do anything to help the team win. 

"Like I told Bochy, whenever you need me, I'm going to be there. No matter what. Pitching, catching, short, second, outfield, manager one day, coach, third base... whatever you need me to do, I'm gonna do it," Sandoval said on his role with the Giants

Slotting over to second base is just the latest example of Sandoval taking full advantage of his second chance in San Francisco. 

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