Sandoval's injury further thins 3B pool

Updated: May 3, 2012, 4:21 PM ET
By Eric Karabell

A month ago the third-base position looked strong for fantasy baseball, perhaps to the level of the vaunted first-base spot, but injuries are clearly ruining the party. Evan Longoria and Kevin Youkilis joined Ryan Zimmerman on the disabled list this week; top third baseman Jose Bautista has struggled to hit for average; and of the top-10 players at this position on ESPN's Player Rater, just a few were highly sought-after on draft day.

Now we can unfortunately add San Francisco Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval to the list of the affirmed and missing from lineups for the next month or more. Sandoval fractured the hamate bone on his left hand, rendering him absent for 4-to-6 weeks. Sandoval missed roughly six weeks with the same affliction on his right hand last season but still hit .315 with 23 home runs in 117 games. This year Sandoval was cruising along with a .316 batting average and five home runs through 24 games.