May 3, 2011
Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval on Tuesday underwent successful surgery to remove a fractured portion of the hamate bone in his right hand.The procedure, performed in the Phoenix area, came four days after Sandoval is believed to have suffered the injury. He was placed on the disabled list Saturday and recently tweeted that he expects to be out for seven weeks.URBAN: No silver lining to Giants' loss of Panda
Surgery went well as expected, said Giants head of P.R. Jim Moorehead. Sandoval will stay in Arizona to begin rehab through Thursday then join us Friday when we get home.
Broken hamate bones are not uncommon in baseball; the bone typically rests against the knob of the bat and often violently scrapes it during the swing. Sandoval has said he thinks the injury happened during a slide Friday night against the host Nationals, but Giants head athletic trainer Dave Groeschner suggested it did indeed happen during a swing.Sandoval, who lost 40 pounds during the reigning world champions truncated offseason and reported to spring training in the best shape of his career, was off to a strong start for San Francisco, batting .313 with a .374 on-base percentage, a .530 slugging percentage and solid defensive work at the hot corner.His loss is compounded by the fact that Sandovals projected backup, veteran Mark DeRosa, is on the DL with a wrist issue of his own.