Geez, I hate it when the Marlins come to town.
Last season, when the Fish were in town, the Giants lost Buster Posey to a season-ending injury.
On Wednesday, they lost Pablo Sandoval, for a little while at least, maybe longer.
Sandoval left Wednesday game after grounding out in the sixth inning and was said to be in “quite a bit of pain” in his left hand.
Manager Bruce Bochy didn’t say when Sandoval hurt himself. But after looking at Sandoval’s at-bats Wednesday (MLB.TV is cool), the Panda wasn’t showing any signs of discomfort until he swung at a low 89 mph pitch from Carlos Zambrano on a 1-0 count leading off the sixth.
Sandoval appeared to hit the ball of the end of his bat and rolled a grounder to second. Sandoval immediately dropped his head and jogged to first, grimacing as he reached the bag.
A couple of media reports said that Sandoval broke his hamate bone in his right hand swinging a bat on April 29 of last season. But as I recall, the Giants said back then that they didn’t know how or when the injury occurred, saying to could have happened on a slide into the bag.
That injury sidelined Sandoval for six weeks, after requiring surgery.
In this case, Sandoval’s left hand was the top hand on the bat as he batted left handed, so hitting a 89 mph pitch down on the end of the bat would hurt the top hand.
Bochy said he was concerned for Sandoval, who was seen leaving the park with a brace on his left hand.
“Oh, quite a bit, to be honest,” Bochy said of his concern for the Panda. “For him to come out of the game, his hand is pretty sore. There’s a lot of concern there. We know what this guy means to our club and our offense. You hope for the best, that’s all you can do. … We’re hoping we get some good news with this.”
Nothing further will be known until Thursday. If there’s a positive note, it came from CSNBayArea’s Andrew Baggarly, who reported that Sandoval was scene leaving the clubhouse in the direction away from the stadium’s X-ray machine.
If a DL stint is needed, left-handed hitting Conor Gillaspie would be the apparent replacement. Gillaspie is hitting .362 with three home runs and 13 RBI for Triple-A Fresno.
Ryan Vogelsong takes the mound against Anibal Sanchez at 12:45 p.m. Thursday as the Giants try to salvage the final game of the three-game series. I don’t want to be the bearer of bad vibes on this but …. last year on the day after Posey was injured (in an extra inning game, mind), the Giants played a day game against the Marlins and Anibal Sanchez threw a complete game shutout for a 1-0 victory to complete a three-game sweep. Who was the opposing pitcher for the Giants that day? Ryan Vogelsong.