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Bruce Bochy will not rule out using Pablo Sandoval to pitch again

Pablo Sandoval was impressive enough as a pitcher on Saturday that San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy will consider doing it again if he has to.

Sandoval touched 88 MPH on the gun and mixed in some offspeed pitches as he worked the ninth in a 15-6 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday. Bochy was impressed enough that he admitted he may use Sandoval on the mound again down the line.

“He looked like a pitcher,” Bochy said Sunday, via Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle. “That’s what was impressive, his delivery, his tempo.”

Giants catcher Nick Hundley even noted that Sandoval shook him off once, preferring a fastball over the called curveball.

“He should have. Did you see the score?” Hundley said. “We’d given up 15 runs before that, so obviously the signs weren’t very good.”

Sandoval’s hitting has been below average to downright awful since his return to San Francisco, and he’s hitting a modest .237 this season. Maybe he should lean into the pitching thing.

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