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Pablo has MRI set to determine injury's severity

Pablo has MRI set to determine injury's severity

Pablo has MRI set to determine injury's severity
SAN FRANCISCO -- Pablo Sandoval left Tuesday's 3-2 win over the Padres after a spectacular double play might have stretched him too far, departing with what the team said was a strained left hamstring.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Sandoval will have an MRI exam on Wednesday, which will let them know how long Sandoval will be out, but Bochy said he expects him to be out for at least a few games.

"We'll just have to find out the extent of it tomorrow," Bochy said. "Hopefully we'll get some good news."

Getting the start at first base for the second straight game, Sandoval nearly did a full-on splits to complete a double play to end the third inning after diving second baseman Ryan Theriot flipped the ball to shortstop Brandon Crawford, who lept over a sliding Chase Headley to make the throw to first after tagging second.

Sandoval slowly walked off the field in noticeable pain, and was later replaced by pinch-hitter Brandon Belt in the bottom half of the inning.

Sandoval, an All-Star at third base, was back starting on the other side of the diamond as Bochy tries to help Belt out of his slump, with Joaquin Arias getting the start at third base.

Belt went 0-for-2 on Tuesday, giving him just one hit in his last 26 at-bats. He has struck out nine times in his last 22 at-bats.

"You give a guy a day sometimes, and you plan on giving him a couple days," Bochy said before the game. "Really, that was my plan, but I didn't want to tell Brandon that."

Bochy had been impressed with Sandoval's play at first base, particular in Monday's game, when Sandoval made a run-saving diving catch in the fourth inning.

"I thought Pablo looked really comfortable there at first base," Bochy said before Tuesday's game. "He made a nice play going to his right there."

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