Pablo Sandoval foot in bad shape, DL-stint a certainty

  • David Whitlock

The San Francisco Giants are limping in the NL West standings, and their 2012 World Series MVP is limping in the clubhouse.  According to a series of Tweets by Comcast Sportsnet Giants beat writer Andrew Baggarly, Kung Fu Panda looks like he’ll be out for a while as his left foot is not healing.

 

 

This is frustrating news for the defending World Series champs, as the NL West appears to be theirs (or anyone’s) for the taking, with the surprising Arizona Diamondbacks sitting atop the division with the worst division leading record (among the six divisions) at 35-28.  The Giants and the Rockies sit 1.5 games back, even the lowly Los Angeles Dodgers in last place are only 7.5 games back of the Salt River Snakes.

Credit: (AP/Jose Luis Villegas)

Sandoval needs some divine intervention to avoid the DL
Credit: (AP/Jose Luis Villegas)

Sandoval first experienced the injury on May 30th, but in four games since then, he’s only scratched out 4 singles with no extra base hits.  Seems like this isn’t going away without extended time off, and with the team seemingly able to hang around without playing their best baseball, it would make sense to get their big guy back fully healthy for the second half.  I wouldn’t hesitate at all to shelf him until the All Star break and hit the second half of the season running…hopefully on a good foot.  Note that Sandoval is leading the NL Third Basemen in All Star votes.  In last years’ game, he hit a bases clearing triple against Detroit Tigers righty Justin Verlander as part of a 5-run first that, ironically, got his ball club World Series home field advantage against the Tigers.

– David Whitlock (@lhd_on_sports)

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David (a.k.a. Longhorndave or lhd_on_sports) joined the staff late in the 2012 season and moved to Site Manager in early 2013. A lifelong Houston Astros fan (and mini-season ticket holder for 9 years) he attends 20+ games per year. A statistics freak, David still keeps score the "old fashioned way" on occasion (and has kept manual score of World Series games since 1986 and retains the sheets). He was a featured guest weekly on the Phil Naessens Show. He is also a Texas Longhorns alumnus and huge football and baseball fan of his alma mater. When he isn't watching or writing about baseball, he works as a contractor at NASA Johnson Space Center. He lives by the mantra "a bad day at the ballpark is better than a good day anywhere else."

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