Here we go again; San Francisco Giants 3B Pablo Sandoval fractures hamate bone

Sometimes, I feel, as a Giants fan, like a child being coddled by Bruce Bochy.

The Giants manager last night said he was very concerned about Pablo Sandoval, but was hopeful for better news Thursday.

What news was he hoping for? That the Yankees would release Alex Rodriguez?

The Giants announced Thursday that Sandoval would be out 4-to-6 weeks after suffering a broken hamate bone in his left hand.

Almost exacly one year ago, Sandoval suffered the exact injury on his right hand. He missed 41 games (about six weeks), in which the Giants went 25-16. They’d be extremely lucky to expect a repeat of that feat, although a portion of those games were also played without Buster Posey and Freddy Sanchez.

Giants trainer Dave Groeschner added that there is hope that Sandoval can be back sooner that last year because this injury is not to his throwing hand. Also, Sandoval hits more from the left, and this injury would be to his top hand when batting left.

Sandoval said he initially hurt his hand Sunday. But it appears he notified the team on Tuesday and got X-rays, which were inconclusive. He would try to play through the injury.

Sandoval hit home runs on Sunday and Tuesday.

But the hopes of playing through the injury ended Wednesday when the pain became unbearable after grounding out in the sixth.

The expression on Bochy’s face showed clear concern. Yet he said afterward, he was hoping for good news.

And then the Giants called Connor Gillaspie in Fresno at 11:30 p.m. Wednesday night. He caught a 7 a.m. flight to San Francisco Thursday and will get the start against the Marlins. Gillaspie was hitting .316 at Fresno this season.

On Thursday, Bochy said he hopes Gillaspie “takes the job and runs with it.” He also added that Joaquin Arias, Ryan Theriot and Emmanuel Burriss could see time at third base.

That’s a lot of hoping.

The timing is particularly frustrating, given that the Tigers released veteran 3B Brandon Inge last Thursday. On Monday, he signed with the A’s.

Also Thursday, Bochy said Aubrey Huff will be activated from the disabled list when eligible on Monday.

For what it’s worth, Huff has played 360 big-league games at third base, although he hasn’t played any since playing 33 games there for the Orioles in 2008.

The next question the becomes: Who gets sent back to Fresno when Huff is activated?


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