PITTSBURGH -- An advocate for Vietnam Veterans and a pair of soldiers severely wounded in combat are the Giants' three finalists in the "Tribute for Heroes" campaign, a joint effort between Major League Baseball and PEOPLE magazine that recognizes veterans and military service members.
One winner from each of the 30 Major League clubs will be included in festivities during the week leading up to the July 16 All-Star Game in New York and will be recognized in a pregame ceremony. PEOPLE magazine also will publish a feature story on a "Tribute for Heroes" winner.
The Giants' finalists are Gil Calac of White Swan, Wash., Jarom Vahai of San Bruno, Calif., and Jose Jauregui of Stockton, Calif.
A winner of the Bronze Star for meritorious service, Calac and his wife, Valerie, live on the Yakama Indian Reservation. He helped establish a Vietnam Veterans Day -- March 30 -- in the state of Washington.
Despite sustaining brain trauma and severe nerve damage after being hit by explosives five times in Iraq, Vahai, an ex-Marine, is researching mathematical links between pyramids around the world and Stonehenge for a book he is writing.
Jauregui helps other veterans adjust to life after military service. In April 2005, he survived the blast from an exploding enemy mortar into the open door of the tank he occupied. Three other soldiers were killed; Jauregui sustained third-degree burns over 76 percent of his body.
Sandoval lands on 15-day DL with strained left foot
PITTSBURGH -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy expressed optimism Tuesday that Pablo Sandoval's injured left foot will heal by the time the third baseman's minimum stint on the disabled list ends, or shortly afterward.
"We're thinking that in 15 days, this thing will subside and calm down and he'll be good to go," Bochy said.
Sandoval officially went on the DL with a strained peroneal tendon in his foot. He was replaced on the active roster by infielder Nick Noonan, who just last Saturday was optioned to Triple-A Fresno. Bochy said that Joaquin Arias will receive the bulk of playing time at third base in Sandoval's absence, with Noonan and Tony Abreu filling in periodically.
Head athletic trainer Dave Groeschner said that Sandoval will wear a walking boot for a week before being reevaluated to determine the course of his remaining rehabilitation.
Word had spread that Sandoval would be placed on the DL with a hairline fracture in his foot. Groeschner confirmed that Sandoval indeed had that sort of break, but tests proved it was an injury that the reigning World Series Most Valuable Player had sustained years ago.
Sandoval's rehab will be a purposeful one, since it's generally believed that his weight is approaching a dangerous level.
"That will be a priority for Pablo, to shed a few pounds," Bochy said.
Bochy acknowledged the fans' widespread concern about Sandoval's weight and the assumption that his being heavy precipitated his injury, which he initially sustained May 30.
"Sure, that's going to be a question a lot of people are going to ask. And that's a hard one to answer," Bochy said. "Whether it has played a part in this injury -- when you're a little heavy and something like this happens, I think it's normal to say, 'Well, was this the reason?' I don't think anybody can answer that. Did [Angel] Pagan injure his knee because he's in too good of shape and he doesn't have enough weight? You don't know these things. But it's fair to say that with an injury to the foot, it can become an issue."
Said Groeschner, "He knows he has to lose weight. He's going to work on that while he's injured. I don't think that will have any impact on how this heals."
Pagan likely to remain on DL past activation date
PITTSBURGH -- Giants center fielder Angel Pagan is likely to remain on the disabled list past Wednesday, when he becomes eligible for reinstatement.
Pagan, who has been sidelined with a strained left hamstring, has not performed baseball-related activities since last week.
"I would say yeah, to be honest, he's probably going to need a few more days," manager Bruce Bochy said. "It's hard to say how many. But I don't see him coming off [the DL on] Wednesday."
Entering Tuesday, the Giants were 5-6 during the absence of Pagan, who's hitting .262 with 30 runs scored and six stolen bases in 46 games.
After warning, Kontos ejected for hitting McCutchen
PITTSBURGH -- Giants right-hander George Kontos, ejected from Tuesday night's 8-2 loss to the Pirates after hitting Andrew McCutchen with an eighth-inning pitch, insisted that he was simply trying to work inside.
Kontos was automatically thrown out by home-plate umpire Wally Bell, who issued a warning to both benches earlier in the inning when the reliever threw a 1-1 pitch behind Starling Marte. Giants manager Bruce Bochy also was automatically tossed, marking his third ejection of the season.
"These guys had been putting good hacks on the ball all game," Kontos said. "If you're staying outside and these guys are diving over the plate, they're going to hit those outside pitches pretty squarely."
The genesis of McCutchen's plunking occurred one inning earlier, when he singled leading off against Kontos.
"First pitch of the seventh inning, he put a really good swing on it," Kontos said, "and they were hacking early and out over the plate, so I was trying to pitch inside. A sinker got away from me a little bit."
Asked if the ejection was fair, Bochy said, "Well, in that situation, yeah. You get a warning, then you end up hitting a guy, sure. There's no surprise there. That's part of the game. You have no argument."
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.