Sandoval set to get stitches out of hand

Sandoval set to get stitches out of hand

Sandoval set to get stitches out of hand
SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval was due to have stitches removed from his surgically repaired left hand Monday.

Sandoval went on the 15-day disabled list May 3 with a fractured left hamate bone and underwent surgery the next day. With the bone's broken portion removed and the wound sealed, Sandoval should be able to perform an increasing number of baseball-related activities, manager Bruce Bochy said. Sandoval already has begun throwing, with his right hand.

Asked whether Sandoval was ahead of schedule in his recovery, which was expected to require four to six weeks, Bochy replied, "It's hard to say. I probably can answer that question better in a couple of weeks."

Despite missing 10 games entering Monday, Sandoval still leads the team with five home runs and 15 RBIs, complemented by his .316 batting average.