World Series MVP Pablo Sandoval is on track to be ready for opening day when the San Francisco Giants face the Dodgers in Los Angeles.
The Giants' third baseman on Wednesday took part in his most strenuous workout in nearly two weeks after being diagnosed with an inflamed nerve in his right elbow.
He played catch from 75 feet, took batting practice from both sides and fielded grounders. He will be re-evaluated on Thursday.
Sandoval has been out since March 16 with ulnar neuritis. Because he played winter ball, Sandoval said he does not need many at-bats to get into game shape.
"From two days ago, we're a lot more optimistic about the possibility of him going opening day," manager Bruce Bochy told the San Jose Mercury News on Tuesday.
And after Wednesday's workout, Bochy believes Sandoval will be good to go for a three-game exhibition series with the Oakland Athletics that begins on Thursday.