Pablo Sandoval hospitalized in Venezuela

San Francisco Giants' Pablo Sandoval reacts at home after hitting his third home run of the game during the fifth inning of Game 1 of baseball's World Series against the Detroit Tigers Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

January 17, 2013 6:00:17 PM PST
San Francisco Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval has been hospitalized in Venezuela with abdominal pain, according to the Venezuelan newspaper El Nacional.

The newspaper cites a tweet from Sandoval's brother Michael.

Sandoval was supposed to have been released on Wednesday, but doctors are keeping him for observation.

Sandoval is playing in a Venezuelan baseball league during the Giants' offseason. Team officials say he could be out as soon as Friday.

Sandoval was named to Venezuela's provisional World Baseball Classic roster on Thursday, along with second baseman Marco Scutaro.

Sandoval, was expected to be in New York this weekend to pick up the Babe Ruth Award as last postseason's Most Valuable Player, but his illness now makes it unclear if he will attend.

The San Jose Mercury News and contributed to this report.