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Pablo Sandoval Injures Hamstring on DP




    The good news: Pablo Sandoval made an incredible play on an even more incredible double-play ball by Ryan Theriot and Brandon Crawford. The really bad news: Sandoval had to go splits-ville in order to make the play and ended up leaving the game against the Padres in the third inning with a strained left hamstring.

    Here's the play, which, seriously, was incredible. It's the type of play that's got a shot of unseating Melky Cabrera's catch from Monday night on a countdown somewhere. But it's also painful to watch.

    Naturally, Sandoval was replaced by Brandon Belt, which shouldn't mean any pressure at all for the youngster, who's been benched the past few games, while Panda played first.

    The bigger concern, however, is the long-term problem this could cause for Sandoval and the Giants. If he's only going to miss minimal time ("one game" to "a few games") the Giants can deal with it.

    If Sandoval misses anything extended, they could be forced to change their plans for the trade deadline pretty quickly.