OAKLAND -- Pablo Sandoval spent part of Saturday's spring finale leaning on a wall at the edge of the visiting dugout at the Coliseum, repeatedly tossing a ball into the air and catching it with his glove.

The Giants third baseman is itching to get back in the everyday lineup, and he took a step in that direction Saturday.

Sandoval took batting practice before a 4-3 loss to the A's and did a full infield workout, complete with a handful of strong throws to first to test his sore right elbow.

Asked if he anticipated playing in Monday's season opener against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Sandoval flashed a wide smile.

"Yeah, for sure," he said. "I'm feeling better. If I'm allowed to, I'm going to be there."

Manager Bruce Bochy was more cautious, saying the team was happy with Sandoval's work Saturday but wanted to see how he felt after a similar workout Sunday.

"It's going to go down to the wire," Bochy said. "It won't be an easy call, but we're pretty optimistic that he's going to make it."

Bochy said the Giants might use Sandoval off the bench for the first two or three games to give him additional rest. The Giants are off Sunday and have another day off Thursday after three games with the Dodgers.

  • Hector Sanchez (shoulder) caught six innings in a minor league game in Arizona and likely will join the Giants in Los Angeles. The Giants added Guillermo Quiroz to the roster as a third catcher and reassigned outfielder Cole Gillespie to Triple-A Fresno.

    Quiroz hit a three-run homer Saturday off Bartolo Colon.

  • Ryan Vogelsong's spring ended with an ugly pitching line, and he said he kind of preferred it that way.

    Vogelsong gave up four earned runs in five innings, but after being far ahead of hitters most of the spring because of his inclusion in the World Baseball Classic, he said the outing gave him a chance to figure out what he needs to tweak before his season debut next Saturday.

    "I'm not worried about anything," he said. "I was just out of whack. It just took me too long to kind of figure out what I was doing wrong. But I almost would rather have one of these than go out and be real clean."

  • Joe Panik, the Giants' first-round draft pick in 2011, said he has been told he will start the season at Double-A Richmond and will move to second base full time.

    Panik hit .297 with seven homers and 27 doubles last year while playing shortstop for the High-A San Jose Giants.

  • Bochy was happy to have the long spring over with.

    "It's time to go," he said. "It's game time. The bell rings on Monday."