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Sandoval, Renteria sustain mild injuries

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Third baseman Pablo Sandoval and shortstop Edgar Renteria sustained mild injuries in the Giants’ 11-10 exhibition loss to the San Diego Padres at Peoria, Ariz.

Sandoval sprained his left ankle while trying to avoid a pitch and Renteria developed tightness in his right (throwing) elbow, Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. Bochy added that although Sandoval will rest for at least one day, the same injury might not sideline him in the regular season. Renteria, said Bochy, might play Sunday against Milwaukee.

Still, these minor ailments foil Bochy’s plan to play his regulars for three days in a row. He also wants them to play significant numbers of innings to condition them for the regular season. But the slow pace of Saturday’s game — it took about two hours to play four innings — forced Bochy to remove some of his regulars prematurely. Also, catcher Bengie Molina stayed in Scottsdale on Saturday to catch Tim Lincecum in a Minor League exhibition and probably will skip Sunday’s game to collaborate with Randy Johnson, who’s getting his work in by pitching in a Minor League intrasquad game.

Though Friday night’s Jack Taschner trade robbed the Giants of a left-handed relief option, Bochy said that he would not hesitate to use an all-right-handed bullpen, save for Jeremy Affeldt. Asked if he’d find this arrangement comfortable, Bochy said, “It will be if e feel we have at least a guy or two who can get left-handers out. It doesn’t matter if they’re left-handed or right-handed.”

One other news tidbit: Right-hander Osiris Matos stayed at home Saturday with flu-like symptoms.  

Giants lefties are no dummies

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Giants pitchers won’t face hitters in “live” batting practice for another couple of days, but Jack Taschner and Alex Hinshaw got a head start Tuesday.

The pair of left-handed relievers, who will be called upon often against left-handed batters this season, threw their bullpen sessions with something called the “Ultimate Pitchers’ Tool” situated in the left-handed batter’s box.

The “Tool” was a plastic dummy about the size of an average big leaguer, poised in a batting stance and gripping a plastic bat. Its presence gave Taschner and Hinshaw a semblance of the challenge they’ll confront this year.

“It kind of brought me back to that scene in ‘Major League’ when Rick Vaughn takes that dummy’s head off,” Hinshaw said.

He and Taschner did nothing of the sort. Instead, each threw several darting pitches that might have handcuffed a living, breathing hitter.

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