During the 2011 season, San Francisco Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval fractured his right hamate. Surgery knocked him out for about six weeks. It was a devastating blow to a Giants lineup that really needed Pablo Sandoval.
During the 2012 season, San Francisco Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval fractured his left hamate. On the one hand, it's devastating for the Giants, again. On the other hand, at least they know pretty much exactly what to expect:
Surgery tomorrow for Sandoval. Out 4-6 weeks.— Alex Pavlovic (@AlexPavlovic) May 3, 2012
Same injury, same timetable. Still bad, but at least there's less of the unpredictability factor.
When Sandoval was hurt a year ago, he had a .904 OPS. After his return, he posted a .910 OPS. He should make a full recovery this time around, again. But he will be missed in the meantime. The Giants have a team 103 OPS+ even with Brandon Crawford and Manny Burriss doing nothing, but Sandoval's one of the rocks. In a good way. Not in an anchor way.