Giants manager Gabe Kapler will get extremely creative with how he uses pitchers in the shortened 60-game 2020 MLB season. But just how far will he go?
Probably not this far.
Pablo Sandoval recently took the mound at Oracle Park, sporting a mask and wearing a first baseman's mitt. The buzzword of Giants Summer Camp is "versatility," and this certainly is next level.
It's also not the first time Sandoval has toed the rubber.
The third baseman/first baseman/DH famously first stepped on the mound in San Francisco during the 2018 season. He pitched a perfect 1-2-3 ninth inning on April 28, 2018, in a 16-5 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Sandoval also pitched a scoreless inning last season, on May 6, in a 12-4 loss to the Reds in Cincinnati.
Sandoval also underwent Tommy John surgery last season. The veteran slugger has been full-go ahead of the upcoming season, and should serve as a power bat off the bench while also earning spot starts here and there.
"Let Pablo Pitch!" chants will ring out from afar with no fans in the stands. Don't hold your breath, but you never know in this already extremely odd baseball season.
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Watch Pablo Sandoval pitch at Giants Summer Camp on Oracle Park mound originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area