Sandoval 'doing great' after hand surgery

Sandoval 'doing great' after hand surgery

SAN FRANCISCO -- Third baseman Pablo Sandoval's surgery Friday to remove the fractured hamate bone from his left hand proceeded successfully, Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.

Dr. Tim McAdams performed the hour-long procedure in Palo Alto.

"He's doing great," Bochy said of Sandoval, who visited the Giants' clubhouse after his surgery.

Sandoval sounded philosophical as he spoke briefly to the Spanish-language baseball blog Beisbol por Gotas.

"There are things God puts in your journey of life," he said. "You can't fool around with your health."

Sandoval, who initially felt discomfort last Sunday but didn't leave the lineup until Wednesday, is expected to be sidelined for four to six weeks. Conor Gillaspie replaced Sandoval at third base for the second straight day Friday, when the Giants opened a three-game series against the Milwaukee Brewers.