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Pablo Sandoval has a fractured hamate bone, likely to miss several weeks

May 3, 2012, 12:58 PM EDT

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Bad news for the Panda. That injury from last night is not good:

No one ever needs this. But the Giants, especially, didn’t need this given their offensive deficiencies. Sandoval was hitting .316/.375/.537 with five homers and 15 driven in.

UPDATE: Andrew Baggarly has more at  Sandoval will have surgery Friday. And today is the one-year anniversary of his surgery on his other hamate bone.

Pablo’s Hamate bone:  “Oh Pablo! You remembered!”

  1. thomas2727 - May 3, 2012 at 1:03 PM

    My fears are confirmed. Sandoval is the only guy I can think of to break the bone in both hands.

    • ltzep75 - May 3, 2012 at 2:18 PM

      Didn’t this happen to Bagwell?

      [Insert Pedro Gomez sarcasm/joke here]

      • WhenMattStairsIsKing - May 3, 2012 at 4:31 PM

        Pedro Gomez never denied breaking Bagwell’s ham bones.

  2. minimoose763 - May 3, 2012 at 1:11 PM

    Last year they went 25-16 when he was out for 6 weeks. And that was with Huff and Tejada in the lineup on a daily basis, as well as Rowand hitting lead-off. I’m not throwing in the towel yet. The have much better bench depth this year. If they can keep pace in the NL West they still have a chance when Pablo comes back. At least this happened early in the season, instead of the middle of summer.

  3. Jonny 5 - May 3, 2012 at 1:12 PM

    If anyone can fracture a ham bone it’s his guy.

    • Jonny 5 - May 3, 2012 at 1:13 PM

      *this guy

      • Utley's Hair - May 3, 2012 at 1:19 PM

        I missed it by THIS much…

      • nightman13 - May 3, 2012 at 2:25 PM


  4. Utley's Hair - May 3, 2012 at 1:14 PM

    Panda broke his ham bone?

  5. AlohaMrHand - May 3, 2012 at 1:16 PM

    Tough break for fat panda

  6. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - May 3, 2012 at 2:07 PM

    Can Belt play 3B? The kid needs an opportunity somewhere.

    • minimoose763 - May 3, 2012 at 2:24 PM

      Defensively Belt is best at 1st. They recalled Gillaspie, so they will probably platoon Arias and Gillaspie at 3rd. Some people want Pill at 3rd, but that seems questionable to me.

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - May 4, 2012 at 1:46 PM

        This is an organization that played Huff at 2B (though he did have some sort of emotional/anxiety episode immediately after). I won’t put anything past them.

  7. mungman69 - May 3, 2012 at 2:09 PM

    Heading south

  8. SmackSaw - May 3, 2012 at 2:46 PM


  9. biasedhomer - May 3, 2012 at 3:12 PM

    Reminds be of Beltre, another 3B who seems to always be injured.

  10. jerryb2339 - May 3, 2012 at 4:13 PM

    It’s Obama’s fault

  11. sisqsage - May 4, 2012 at 2:10 PM

    Panda swings way too hard, putting way too much stress on the base of his palms (where the ham bone is near).

    Getting the same injury to both hands within a year is stupid, but not necessarily his fault. You think a real hitting coach would have pointed this out and made adjustments to avoid this a second year in a row. Like in golf, you don’t have to swing 100 percent; 80 percent is actually more effective, providing more consistent contact. Smooth is the key.

    Losing Panda is a big blow, but their biggest problem is just like last year, they have the wrong approach (as in no clue) with guys on base. Pill swings at the pitch the pitcher wants him too, striking out with two guys on and nobody out in a one-run loss to the Fish. Schierholtz fouls out on Thursday with nobody out and two guys in scoring posiition, just as bad as a strikeout. A poor at bat in a crucual situation which ended up another one-run loss.

    They picked Schierholtz over Carlos Beltran to play RF. Now Nate the Great is riding the bench, while Beltran will be an all-star again elsewhere. How’s that working out?

    They think Huff is going to help fill-in for Panda? He was a huge drag last year, and is worse now with his disorder. You can’t contribute when you are messed up in the head, or emmotionally. He needs some couch time with Dr. Phil, not more at bats in the big leagues.

    The Giants must lead the league in poor at bats. Two years in a row with a dumb approach means they need a new hitting coach.

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