Pablo Sandoval has a fractured hamate bone, likely to miss several weeks

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Bad news for the Panda. That injury from last night is not good:

No one ever needs this. But the Giants, especially, didn’t need this given their offensive deficiencies. Sandoval was hitting .316/.375/.537 with five homers and 15 driven in.

UPDATE: Andrew Baggarly has more at CSNBayArea.com.  Sandoval will have surgery Friday. And today is the one-year anniversary of his surgery on his other hamate bone.

Pablo’s Hamate bone:  “Oh Pablo! You remembered!”

The Angels to lower the right field wall

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The Los Angeles Angels announced today that they will lower the right field wall at Angel Stadium from 18 feet to eight feet.

The stated reason: to make room for a new out-of-town scoreboard and “philosophical changes.” Obviously, though, helping out lefty power hitters is on the agenda too. As it was, Angel Stadium was in the bottom ten of all parks in allowing homers for lefties.

One of their own lefties is Kole Calhoun, who is a pull hitter. Another one could be Shohei Ohtani, who is a lefty hitter. Although, as a righty pitcher, that could harm him against opposing lefty batters. I’m assuming, though, that the Angels ran a bunch of numbers to establish that this move helps them more than it hurts them, or else they wouldn’t be doing it.