Bruce Bochy shared some good news about Pablo Sandoval’s recovery from a fractured hamate bone, telling Adam Berry of MLB.com that the third baseman has begun fielding ground balls and taking light batting practice.
According to Bochy he could be ready to come off the disabled list in two weeks, which would be at the optimistic end of the initial 4-6 week recovery timetable Sandoval was given on April 30.
Sandoval was off to a great start before the injury, hitting .313 with five homers and a .904 OPS in 24 games while looking like a new man after shedding more than 30 pounds during the offseason. Mark DeRosa had been filling in for Sandoval, but now he’s on the disabled list with more wrist problems of his own and the Giants have recently shifted Miguel Tejada from shortstop to third base.
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: a Mets player struggles mightily for an extended period, to the point where it seems pretty obvious that something is wrong with him. The team says that he’s merely “sore” or “banged up” or something and the team either plays short-handed for a while or deals with the diminished player taking his hacks. Then, when he is eventually placed on the disabled list, it’s revealed that he has more serious trouble than general soreness or being banged up.
You ask for miracles, Theo, I give you the New York Mets:
He had been put on the DL a couple of days ago, but now it’s clear what the problem is. It may also illuminate why Bruce is hitting just .212/.292/.321 with three homers and 17 RBI in 236 plate appearances this season.
The Mets have not announced a timetable for Bruce.