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Panda Down – San Francisco Giants’ Pablo Sandoval Breaks Hamate, Again

By Bryan Rose

Stop me if you’ve heard this before – Pablo Sandoval breaks his hamate bone.

Yes, nearly a year to the date of his sugary for a broken hamate in his right hand, Pablo Sandoval again has broken his hamate, this time the freak injury occurring in his left paw.

The injury caused the loveable Sandoval to miss nearly six weeks (41 games) last year, a result that can be expected to repeat itself for Pablo and the Giants this go-around. Conor Gillaspie has been recalled from Fresno to take Sandoval’s place on the roster. That said, Sandoval’s quick turn around time was more of an exception than the rule, especially in terms of recovering a powerful swing. Expectations may need to be tempered upon his return come late June.

As it pertains to break, it’s been reported that the injury didn’t actually happen last evening when TV cameras picked up Sandoval’s grimace and slow trot down the first base line, but rather a few games prior as Sandoval had attempted to play through the injury but couldn’t deal with the pain. No matter how it happened or when, you can’t help but let out a big sigh as yet another franchise cornerstone is lost to a freak injury.

Get well soon, Panda. And Giants, try to stay above water level, please.

An injury plagued 2011 is turning into a nightmare 2012 for the orange and black.