SCOTTSDALE–Position players aren’t required to arrive at the Giants’ Spring Training complex until Sunday, but waiting until the weekend was too much to take for an eager Pablo Sandoval.
The Giants’ infielder strolled into the Scottsdale Stadium clubhouse on Wednesday morning with an unmistakable laugh and booming voice, greeting old teammates and cracking jokes within seconds of walking through the door.
After the Giants signed Sandoval to a Minor League contract last summer, he spent the final two months of the season with the Major League club and hit .225 in 160 at-bats.
Sandoval has battled shoulder injuries over the last few years and needed season-ending surgery after playing just three games in 2016, but said he’s completely healthy and prepared to earn a roster spot this spring after completing offseason workouts.
Though he doesn’t appear to be in peak physical condition, Sandoval’s weight doesn’t appear as if it will be an issue this spring. In the past, Sandoval has struggled with conditioning issues, but he reported to Scottsdale, Arizona determined to compete for a bench role after the Giants traded for Rays’ third baseman Evan Longoria this offseason.
It won’t be easy for Pablo Sandoval to make the club, but he brought a catcher’s mitt, first baseman’s mitt and outfielder’s glove to make it happen pic.twitter.com/Mo4b9bIake
— Kerry Crowley (@KO_Crowley) February 14, 2018
Source:: East Bay – Sports