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San Francisco Giants' Pablo Sandoval (48) pumps his fist as he returns to the dugout against the St. Louis Cardinals in seventh inning of Game 6 of the National League Championship Series at AT&T Park in San Francisco, Calif., on Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012. (Gary Reyes/Staff)

SAN FRANCISCO — Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval was hospitalized in Venezuela with an abdominal issue, according to the Twitter account of Michael Sandoval, his brother.

Michael Sandoval tweeted that Pablo had been diagnosed with colitis, but he is expected to return to his Winter League club soon. Sandoval had been playing for Navegantes del Magallanes in the Venezuelan League. According to the club's official twitter account, Sandoval could return to the team within 24 to 48 hours.

Sandoval, who hit .283 with 12 homers last season, was named to Venezuela's provisional World Baseball Classic roster on Thursday, along with second baseman Marco Scutaro and reliever Jose Mijares.

Pitchers Ryan Vogelsong and Jeremy Affeldt were selected by Team USA, left-hander Javier Lopez and center fielder Angel Pagan were selected by Puerto Rico, Sergio Romo was selected by Mexico and Santiago Casilla was named to the roster for the Dominican Republic.