Giants' Sandoval out 4-6 weeks with hamate fracture

April 30, 2011, 5:49 pm
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April 30, 2011
WASHINGTON (APCSN) San Francisco Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval has a broken bone in his right wrist and is expected to miss four to six weeks.Giants head athletic trainer Dave Groeschner says an MRI exam Saturday morning revealed the broken hamate bone. Sandoval probably will have surgery Tuesday.Groeschner says Sandoval was in pain while batting during the World Series champions' 3-0 loss at the Washington Nationals on Friday night and had an X-ray.
Groeschner also said that Sandoval is motivated to use his time on the disabled list to lose more weight after dropping almost 40 pounds thanks to a strict offseason workout plan.
"He's working out right now," Groeschner told Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News.
Sandoval is hitting .313 with five homers and 14 RBIs this season, a strong start after a disappointing 2010 season. Manager Bruce Bochy calls Sandoval's injury "a tough blow for us."Bochy says the Giants will call up third baseman Ryan Rohlinger from Triple-A Fresno.

With Sandoval out of the lineup Saturday in Washington, Bochy is starting Miguel Tejada at third and Mike Fontenot at shortstop.