LOS ANGELES -- Evan Longoria played 162 games in 2014 and has played at least 156 games every season since. That streak will come to an end this year, and Longoria had some trouble dealing with his first game on the bench.
"It sucks," he said. "Yesterday I was going crazy. Sitting down and watching the game, I don't really know what to do."
He'll have no choice but to figure it out for the rest of the first half. Longoria will have surgery Tuesday to repair a fractured fifth metacarpal and is expected to miss six-to-eight weeks. That's the official estimate, although Longoria said he hopes to be back shortly after the All-Star break in the middle of July. That's the reason he's having surgery for a fracture that wasn't considered serious; he'll be able to resume strength work within a couple of days and said surgery will speed the healing process.
Longoria won't have pins sticking out of the his hand as Madison Bumgarner did, and he said he'll follow some of the same schedule that got Joe Panik back ahead of schedule. Panik had his procedure done by Dr. Shin, who will do Longoria's surgery.
In the meantime, the Giants will rely heavily on Pablo Sandoval, who had a two-run homer on Friday and has played well. Red-hot infielder Alen Hanson is at third base Saturday.
"It doesn't make it easier, but it is comforting knowing we have guys stepping up," Longoria said. "We've been in a tough spot but it's nothing we can't overcome."
--- The Giants will be without their entire left side for at least one day. Brandon Crawford will go on the paternity list on Monday because his wife is giving birth to the couple's fourth child. Crawford may miss a couple of games. Kelby Tomlinson is expected to replace him.
---- Jeff Samardzija's velocity and command were back to normal in a rehab start on Friday night. He's expected to make one more rehab start and then return to the rotation. Johnny Cueto isn't far behind; he'll throw to hitters Monday at AT&T Park and then make a couple of minor league appearances.