Pablo Sandoval Activated From DL By Giants

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Pablo Sandoval Activated From Disabled List

Injuries have hit the San Francisco Giants' lineup hard this season, but they'll get one of their key pieces back Tuesday against the Arizona Diamondbacks, when Pablo Sandoval returns from a hand injury to start at third base.

Sandoval was enjoying a fantastic April when he broke the hamate bone in his right hand while swinging. He had surgery to remove that bone, which is apparently the appendix of the skeleton, and the Giants activated him on Sunday night. To make room on the 25-man roster, the Giants optioned Conor Gillaspie to triple-A Fresno. With Sandoval back, the Giants will have to make a decision on Miguel Tejada, who has been starting at third in Sandoval's absence, and whose starting job at shortstop appears to have been co-opted by the slick-fielding Brandon Crawford.

Sandoval rejoins a Giants team that has averaged .0001 runs over their past thirty games. The Giants have gone 17-13 in that stretch.

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Pablo Sandoval Eyeing Tuesday Return From Disabled List

Pablo Sandoval spent the entire offseason getting in shape after being benched for the Giants' postseason run, and he was off to a fine start this season, hitting .313/.374/.530 for a team that's desperate for offense. On April 30, though, he broke the hamate bone in his hand on a swing. According to Andrew Baggarly of the Mercury News, Panda might be back soon:

Pablo Sandoval says goal is to return Tuesday at AZ. Left- handed swing needs work. Still pain and weakness in his hand.

There are some mixed messages there with pain and weakness (bad) mingling with imminent return (good). But Sandoval is already rehabbing with Triple-A Fresno, and he hit a home run off beleaguered Jays starter Brett Cecil.

When Sandoval comes back, the Giants will have a decision to make. Miguel Tejada slid over to third after the injury, with Mike Fontenot playing short, but when Fontenot went on the DL with a leg injury, the Giants called up Brandon Crawford in desperation. Crawford has hit, but more importantly, he's played shortstop like a guy who doesn't field like his shoelaces are tied together. It's hard to see Tejada slotting back in at short, considering how well Crawford has played.

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Pablo Sandoval To Start Rehab Assignment

San Francisco Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval hasn't played since April 30 after breaking the hamate bone in his right hand, but he's close to returning. He took soft-toss batting practice on Tuesday, and both he and manager Bruce Bochy were pleased with how that session went. Now comes the rehab assignment, according to Andrew Baggarly of the Mercury News:

Pablo Sandoval to San Jose tomorrow on rehab assgt ... Sandoval will play 6 innings. Then he'll go to Fresno after that.

Sandoval was one of the only Giants who was hitting when he went down, and now with Buster Posey out, his bat is missed more than ever. In his absence, the Giants mostly played Miguel Tejada at third and utility man Mike Fontenot at shortstop.

With Fontenot on the DL himself now, the Giants are giving rookie Brandon Crawford a lot of playing time at short. When Sandoval comes back, there's a chance that Crawford could send Tejada to the bench, though it's more likely that Tejada slides back to shortstop.

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Pablo Sandoval To Have Surgery On Tuesday, Says He'll Miss Seven Weeks

At some point during the San Francisco Giants' loss to the Washington Nationals on Friday night, Pablo Sandoval felt some pain in his right wrist, and a subsequent examination discovered a broken hamate bone. Now, from the man himself:

Surgery tomorrow 12:30

The surgery will remove the bone, which is in the part of the hand that rests on the knob of the bat, and Sandoval is expected to be out four to six weeks. While Sandoval tweeted that he's "gonna be back in 4 weeks.", he amended that tweet with a more ominous tweet that simply said: "My doctor tell me I be back in 7 weeks."

Sandoval, perhaps thanks to his now famous off-season weight loss, was one of the only Giants hitters doing anything positive early this season, as he was off to a hot start both at the plate and in the field. In his absence, the Giants are sliding shortstop Miguel Tejada over to third and starting Mike Fontenot at short. The Giants recalled infielder Ryan Rohlinger, who has experience at both short and third, to take Pablo's spot on the roster

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Pablo Sandoval Injury To Keep Panda Out 4-6 Weeks

It's official: Star Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval has a broken hamate bone in his right hand. The Giants have only two batters with an OPS over .800, and Sandoval was the only one with an OPS over .830, so of all the position players to get hurt, Sandoval could easily be the roughest on the team.

Sandoval will have surgery this Tuesday in Arizona to remove the bone. The official approximate timetable says that Sandoval will be back in action in 4-6 weeks.

If there's a bright side, it's that Sandoval is committed to using this time off to keep getting in better shape. Despite the hand injury, he's already working out.

But the real concern is the completeness of his recovery upon his return to the lineup. Very often, players who fracture their hamate bones swing with discomfort even after they're back, so the Giants can only hope that Sandoval's able to pick up where he left off several weeks down the road.

In the interim, Miguel Tejada is likely to take over at third base, since his defense at shortstop has been adequate at best.

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Pablo Sandoval Injury: Possible Broken Hand Puts Panda On Disabled List

The weak offense of the San Francisco Giants might get a whole lot weaker. Third baseman Pablo Sandoval, one of the only Giants who was hitting at all, had to leave pregame practice on Saturday to see the trainer. From Andrew Baggarly of the Mercury News:

Bochy told Jon Miller Pablo has a hamate bone injury in his hand. This often requires surgery.

There's no word how this injury was sustained, but it's not a quick fix. From Henry Schulman of the Chronicle:

Usual course for hamate is surgical removal. But I stress, I have not talked to anyone w/ official medical knowledge

To take Sandoval's place on the roster, shortstop and third baseman Ryan Rohlinger is being called up from AAA Fresno.

Sandoval was hitting .313/.374/.530 entering today's game against the Washington Nationals. The injury is about as devastating as it gets for the Giants' offense, which hasn't hit a home run since last Sunday. Today, shortstop Miguel Tejada is shifting to third base, with Mike Fontenot playing shortstop.

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