Brian Snitker confirmed Sunday that the Atlanta Braves will add Pablo Sandoval to their active roster for the regular season finale against the Boston Red Sox. Sandoval will start at third base and will in all likelihood be a part of the team’s postseason roster.
Sandoval began the season with the San Francisco Giants where he hit .220/.278/.268 over 90 plate appearances. The Giants designated him for assignment in early September and he signed a minor league deal with the Braves and reported to their alternate training site.
The hope for Sandoval will be that he can give the team a switch hitting bench option particularly from the right-handed side of the plate. While Sandoval struggled with the Giants, he has an average exit velocity of 91.7 mph which is the best mark of his career in a small sample. Sandoval also brings a wealth of postseason experience and a strong track record hitting .344 with a .935 OPS in 39 career playoff games.
Atlanta optioned left-hander Tucker Davidson to open up a spot on the active roster and transferred Cole Hamels to the 45-day injured list to clear a 40-man roster spot.
The #Braves today selected INF Pablo Sandoval to the major league roster after optioning LHP Tucker Davidson to the alternate training site following last night’s game. To make room on the 40-man roster, the club transferred LHP Cole Hamels to the 45-day injured list.— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) September 27, 2020