Less than three weeks after signing him to a minor league contract, the last-place San Francisco Giants have promoted three-time World Series champion Pablo Sandoval from Triple-A Sacramento. He will take the place of an injured Brandon Belt on the team’s 25-man roster.
#SFGiants roster moves: Brandon Belt placed on the 7-day concussion DL. IF Pablo Sandoval added to the 25-man roster.
— SFGiants (@SFGiants) August 5, 2017
Signed back in July after being released by the Boston Red Sox, Sandoval will make his first appearance in a Giants uniform since Game 7 of the 2014 World Series when he ultimately hoisted up his third championship trophy.
Since then, it’s been completely downhill for both Sandoval and the Giants. He was let go by the Red Sox less than three full seasons into the five-year, $95 million deal he signed with the team. To say Sandoval’s career in Boston was a disaster would be an understatement. He hit just .237 with a horrendous .286 on-base percentage in 161 games.
Meanwhile, the Giants make the move to call Sandoval up from Triple-A at the very same time that they the second-worst record in Major League Baseball and are a whopping 36 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League West.
Sandoval was hitting at a .207 clip in Triple-A at the time of the call.