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Pablo Sandoval placed on disabled list with left hamstring strain

Jul 28, 2012, 3:03 PM EDT

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Pablo Sandoval strained his left hamstring while stretching for a throw at first base on Monday and the Giants have decided they won’t go short-handed on their roster any longer.

Per Amy Gutierrez of CSNBayArea.com, Sandoval was placed on the disabled list this afternoon while light-hitting infielder Emmanuel Burriss was designated for assignment and first baseman Aubrey Huff was activated from the disabled list. Marco Scutaro, who was acquired from the Rockies late last night, was also added to the active roster and is starting at third base this afternoon against the Dodgers. Scutaro hasn’t made an appearance at the hot corner since 2008 as a member of the Blue Jays, but he’ll be asked to play there every day for now.

The move with Sandoval is retroactive to July 25, so he’ll be eligible to return on August 9. Giants manager Bruce Bochy told Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com that they are hopeful he’ll be ready by then. It’s worth noting that August 9 is the last day of a road trip, so they could wait until they begin a six-game homestand on August 10.

Sandoval, 25, is batting .299/.352/.491 with eight home runs, 33 RBI and an .843 OPS in 62 games played this season. He missed five weeks after undergoing surgery in early May to remove a fractured hamate bone from his left hand.

  1. stabonerichard - Jul 28, 2012 at 3:26 PM

    Fat.

  2. yahmule - Jul 28, 2012 at 3:42 PM

    Sandoval’s legacy might be one of wasted talent.

    • minimoose763 - Jul 28, 2012 at 4:56 PM

      He has a career batting average of .307 so far. How is that wasted talent?

      • joecool16280 - Jul 28, 2012 at 5:27 PM

        Maybe he’s just referencing that Sandoval can’t seem to play an entire season for whatever reason. Getting hit by pitches in the same bone on different hands might just be random bad luck. On the other side, he can just be one of those guys who are injury prone. The fact that he can’t maintain his weight is just a lack of dedication.

      • yahmule - Jul 28, 2012 at 9:15 PM

        Well, the talent part is the .307 average. The wasted part is being a morbidly obese 25 year old professional athlete. Nobody can say for sure if being overweight caused this injury, but the extra weight certainly doesn’t help him in any way. His manager and general manager have been challenging him to get in shape for the last three years so I don’t think I’m advancing a radical notion here.

      • yahmule - Jul 28, 2012 at 9:20 PM

        The repeated hamate bone injuries are certainly bad luck and can’t be attributed to a lack of conditioning. If there is an underlying cause for those injuries, I wonder if it might be due to the way he chases so many pitches out of the zone. This might put his hands under extra stress on some swings.

  3. mungman69 - Jul 28, 2012 at 4:17 PM

    Wasted talent yes, wasted food no.

  4. joecool16280 - Jul 28, 2012 at 5:31 PM

    This has nothing to do with this story but I’m ready for a change in GM. They won in ’10 in spite of Sabean’s moves. His formula is crap and the Zito contract has held them back tremendously. He lucked out with Jeff Kent and is a smug jerk every time he’s on the radio.

    Can’t wait for the next 38 yr journeymen though!

  5. vegasgiantguy - Jul 28, 2012 at 6:22 PM

    I’m a football Giant guy, not baseball but dude made an amazing play at a position that is not his. Anyone other than a true first basemen would be on the DL as well.

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