Hot-hitting third baseman Pablo Sandoval will be sidelined for four to six weeks because of a fractured hamate bone in his left hand, the San Francisco Giants announced Thursday.
The 25-year-old will have surgery Friday.
"Tough news for us and Pablo," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "I feel for him, particularly the way he has been playing and swinging the bat. You just don't replace a bat like Pablo's. There are few guys in Major League Baseball who can do the things he can do with the bat."
Sandoval is hitting .316 with five home runs, 14 RBI and 16 runs -- leading the team in each stat.
Sandoval came out of a game Wednesday in the seventh inning.
"He took a swing and had quite a bit of pain and had to come out," Bochy said.
Coincidentally, Sandoval had surgery last May to repair a broken hamate bone in his right hand.
HALLADAY HAS FAMILY ISSUE
Roy Halladay has left the team because of a "personal family issue," the Philadelphia Phillies said Thursday.
The pitching ace is coming off one of the worst starts of his career, giving up eight runs and 12 hits in just over five innings Wednesday night in a game against the Atlanta Braves.
Halladay said after the game he felt fine.
The 34-year-old was expected to rejoin the team Friday and make his next scheduled start on Monday.
CHANCE TO GRAB BUCKNER'S BALL
The ball that rolled between Bill Buckner's legs in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series is for sale -- again.
Apparently finding a buyer for the ball is just as elusive now as it was for the Boston Red Sox first baseman more than 25 years ago.
The ball, part of songwriter Seth Swirsky's collection, is up for auction Friday in Dallas, amid suggestions it will fetch a bid of $100,000.
That's a far cry from the $1 million Swirsky was asking for when he put it on eBay last October on the 25th anniversary of Buckner's error.
The ball also was available online recently, reportedly drawing a high bid of $55,000.
Swirsky bought the ball for $64,000 in 2000 from Charlie Sheen. Yes, that Charlie Sheen.
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