San Francisco Giants infielder Kevin Frandsen ruptured his left Achilles' tendon in a minor league game Monday and could miss the entire season.
Frandsen, who was expected to be a utility infielder and perhaps start at times at second base, injured his leg while rounding second on a base hit after getting aboard on a single.
``It's a terrible break for Franny,'' manager Bruce Bochy said. ``If he had come through this today healthy, he would have started tomorrow.''
Bochy said Frandsen was undergoing an MRI exam in Phoenix but the results were to be reviewed back in San Francisco on Tuesday by team doctors - and any surgery would be performed in the Bay Area if necessary.
``I'll have to wait for the MRI exam,'' general manager Brian Sabean said in a phone interview. ``I don't want to comment further until we know.''
Frandsen had already been nursing soreness in his Achilles. Before his injury, the Giants were planning to keep infielder Eugenio Velez on the roster, but his role could be greater now that Frandsen is out.
The 25-year-old Frandsen, who came to camp in the best shape of his young career after a rigorous offseason regimen, was counting on having a major role for the rebuilding Giants. He has played only parts of two major league seasons the past two years, but appeared in 109 games for San Francisco in 2007 and batted .269 with five homers, 31 RBIs, 12 doubles and a triple.
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AP freelance writer Rick Eymer in Scottsdale, Ariz., contributed to this report.

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