PHOENIX Asked about a left foot strain that kept him out of the lineup Sunday, Pablo Sandoval sounded very much like a player who might be looking at a stint on the disabled list. But Sandoval wasn't in a bad mood as the Giants prepared to board a flight for Pittsburgh, the second city on this crucial nine-game trip.
Sandoval could have thrown his walking boot in any direction and hit a Giant who contributed to Sunday's 6-2 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks and a series victory that got the Giants back within 1 1/2 games of the National League West leaders.
"We've got a rhythm going now," Sandoval said, smiling.
Sandoval might not be part of the effort to keep the rhythm going. He had an MRI on Sunday morning and continues to battle soreness in a strain on the outside of his left foot. Trainer Dave Groeschner said the Giants will seek outside opinions, and manager Bruce Bochy said the DL is now in play for Sandoval, who missed three games last weekend before returning to the heart of the order.
"The MRI didn't show any other damage, but we'll discuss all this on the flight," Bochy said. "He's probably going to need a few days. The DL is a possibility, it is.
"We need to get this to calm down. Sometimes you get an injury like this and if you try to get through it, you end up losing him for a longer period of time."
Sunday's stars represented the whole spectrum. In his second start in place of the injured Ryan Vogelsong, Chad Gaudin fought through a stomach bug to give up two runs in six innings, matching the line from his first start. Gaudin twice vomited in the dugout, but it was smooth sailing on the mound, where he struck out seven and walked just one while improving to 2-0 as a starter.
Gaudin got plenty of help from the lineup's stalwarts, but it was a rookie who had the clubhouse buzzing. In his first start, Juan Perez chased down Paul Goldschmidt's first-inning shot to deep center field, making a spectacular grab as he crashed into the wall.
Perez stayed down for several moments, then popped up and ran back to the dugout, where he was greeted with a standing ovation.
The collision left Perez with a tight back that he said wouldn't be a concern, and also with a souvenir. He kept the baseball, along with the ball from his third-inning infield single, the first hit of his career.
The Giants scored five runs off Diamondbacks left-hander Tyler Skaggs.
Marco Scutaro and Brandon Belt provided solo home runs.