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Pablo Sandoval managed to go 1-4 in his rehab assignment Tuesday night with the Fresno Grizzlies, but had to answer a barrage of questions regarding his wrist, his conditioning, and his mental state before the game as he prepares to return to the San Francisco Giants amongst a litany of outside distractions.
Pablo noted that the wrist is feeling good, he feels like he is in a good place with his conditioning, and that the 'heart-to-heart' he had with Bruce Bochy over the weekend only solidified his desire to get back to the game of baseball.
It's looking like the Kung Fu Panda could return sometimes next week, likely after the Texas Rangers series this weekend. Joaquin Arias has been filling in admirably with the glove at third in his absence but can't replace his All-Star level hitting, owning a .316/.375/.537 slash line this season.
The San Francisco Giants are once again having some concerns over third baseman Pablo Sandoval's conditioning. CSN Bay Area's Andrew Baggarly reports that skipper Bruce Bochy had a candid conversation with the Kung Fu Panda this weekend, which Baggarly noted was 'not a pleasant exchange,' and have now pushed back Pablo's return date until after the Texas Rangers series this upcoming weekend. His new possible return date is June 12.
Giants brass has become 'increasingly dissatisfied' with the way Pablo has been handling his conditioning and overall dedication to the game, which Baggs noted was long before he was questioned by police this weekend in Santa Cruz. Pablo was told he could be demoted back before the 2011 season if he didn't lose some weight, and though it hasn't gotten to that point yet it doesn't sound like Bochy is too happy about him at the moment:
"He's been told we have enough first basemen," said Bochy, asked about whether a position change might be in the works for the rotund Panda. "That said, hopefully we're not forced to make a change. That's in Pablo's hands.
"Being able to make the plays Joaquin has been making, that's so vital. You look at how important the plays were in (Sunday's) ballgame. That's part of when (Sandoval) comes back up here. It's not just the hitting. It's how he's playing third base, which is what he's doing today.
Pablo will play third base for San Jose against the Stockton Ports tonight, and if all goes well will join the Triple-A squad in Fresno tomorrow. He still remains limited in his swings he can take from the right side of the plate, though has been taking righty swings in BP which have gone well so far.
Sandoval tweeted on Wednesday that he took some swings off a tee, about 25 to be exact, and felt no pain. That was his first time playing t-ball since suffering his broken hamate bone in his left hand at the beginning of May, a great sign that he is on the road to recovery.
He will still has some rehab to finish before heading down to Fresno for a minor league rehab assignment, but it's looking more and more likely that he'll be ready to rejoin the Giants in the next two to three weeks.
Before landing on the DL Pablo was hitting .316 with five dingers and 15 RBI this season.
The San Francisco Giants were dealt a tough blow on Thursday afternoon, losing star third baseman Pablo Sandoval for 4-6 weeks. Not only will it be tough for the Giants to overcome the loss, but it will also be rough on Sandoval's Fantasy Baseball owners, too. Should you be looking around the market for the next month to find a replacement third baseman, you really won't find much out of San Francisco.
24-year-old prospect Conor Gillaspie has been called up from Triple-A Fresno to likely be the starting 3B most nights. He put up big numbers (.362/.417/.521) in the first month of the Minor League season, although he has never hit for much power. He also lacks speed, meaning he will not provide potential owners with any stolen bases.
Considering that Gillaspie won't do much more than get on-base at a decent rate, he really isn't a legitimate option for your fantasy team unless it is an extremely deep or NL-only league.
The other possible options for manager Bruce Bochy would be Joaquin Arias or Emmanuel Burriss, neither of which are fantasy baseball options unless you are somehow blood related to either. And even then, you still probably shouldn't have them on your team.
For more on the Giants and the injury to Sandoval, check out McCoveyChronicles.
According to multiple sources the San Francisco Giants have officially placed thrid baseman Pablo Sandoval on the disable list sue to a broke hamate bone in his left hand, which will require surgery that is scheduled for tomorrow.
At this point Kung Fu Panda is scheduled to miss about 4-6 weeks of the season; he missed 6 weeks because of a broken hamate in his right hand last season.
Surgery for Sandoval tomorrow. Bochy hoping it won't take full six weeks, but that's how long he needed last year.— Andrew Baggarly (@CSNBaggs) May 3, 2012
Bochy said Sandoval thinks he hurt his hand Sunday. He got X-rays Tuesday that were inconclusive. Tried to play through it.— Andrew Baggarly (@CSNBaggs) May 3, 2012
Getting the surgery out of the way will be important for Sandoval, who had to wait a few days last year before he could get it done. He has been through this before so he'll know what to expect, and will be without any more hamate bones after this surgery, which is a silver lining if there ever was one.
Aubrey Huff will be returning soon, who hopefully can take some of th sting away offensively of losing Sandoval, but it's clear that every one will need to step it up a bit with Panda riding the pine for a while.
For more on the Giants head over to McCovey Chronicles.
The Injury bug never seems to leave the San Francisco Giants alone.
For the second straight season Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval has broken the hamate bone in the base of his hand, this time on the left side, which will force the team to put him on the DL as he'll likely require surgery once more.
CONFIRMED: Sandoval has fractured his left hamate bone. Last year he missed 6 weeks and 41 games. #SFGiants— San Francisco Giants (@SFGiantsFans) May 3, 2012
Conor Gillaspie has been called up from Triple-A Fresno as his replacement.
Sandoval seems to wince in pain after taking a swing in the fifth inning of last night's game, and was immediately pulled and not seen in the dugout. After the game he left the stadium weraing a black brace on his hand.
Pablo began the season with a major league leading 20 game hit streak, currently owning a .316/.375/.537 clip along with five homers and 15 RBI. He had started every game for San Francisco so far this season, and was the main offensive cog in the lineup along with Buster Posey. Now they'll be without their All-Star third baseman once more, for how long we do not know at this point.
It's also the one year anniversary to the day of Pablo's surgery on his right hand. A little extra jab from the baseball gods.
Will all the injuries and setbacks the Giants have suffered already, it's starting to look like 2011 all over again.
For more on the Giants, head over to McCovey Chronicles.