Injury Update Player News — 04 May 2012

Pablo Sandoval was on the verge of an MVP caliber of a fantasy season, but those hopes will come to a screeching halt for at least a month.

Sandoval injured his hamate bone in his left hand on Wednesday night against the Marlins by just taking a swing. He didn’t get hit by a pitch or anything that you would think, the injury was just a freak incident.

Ironically, Sandoval had surgery on his hamate bone in his right hand last year on May 3rd. It’s funny how things work.
Sandoval’s injury comes at a bad time for a Giants team that is struggling to score runs, and without their best hitter, that mission won’t be any easier. Buster Posey and Melky Cabrera are the only real threats in a slumping San Francisco Giants lineup, and I doubt opposing pitchers will give those two batters anything good to hit with Pablo out of the lineup.

Fantasy Analysis

As I mentioned, Sandoval could’ve had a 30 homerun season with at least 90 runs batted in, but those lofty expectations will be almost impossible to achieve considering that the powerful switch hitter will be out of the lineup for at least a month.

Depending on how the Panda returns, it will most likely be a frustrating season from the Panda and his fantasy owners. Remember that he’s a switch hitter. Sandoval couldn’t hit from the right side of the plate when he returned from the same injury last year on his opposite hand, and if that’s any indication of his future, Sandoval will have a hard time finding a groove when he does return.

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