Weight not a worry for Giants' 'Kung Fu Panda' | Baseball Notebook
Pablo Sandoval insists he'll get back into shape after coming off the disabled list, but says he doesn't much care what the public thinks about his waist size
SAN FRANCISCO — Pablo Sandoval, San Francisco's "Kung Fu Panda," insists he'll get back into shape, but says he doesn't much care what the public thinks about his waist size.
"It's important what I think, what they think: my coach, my trainers," Sandoval said Saturday. "If they think I should lose weight, I'm going to lose it. The way I feel, I feel great."
The switch-hitting slugger came off the disabled list Saturday and went 1 for 4 with a run-scoring single in a win over Texas. He's batting .313.
Sandoval had surgery May 4 to remove a broken hamate bone in his left hand. The 25-year-old also is being investigated on sexual assault allegations in Santa Cruz County, but no charges have been filed.
Asked why he was partying in Santa Cruz just before starting his rehab assignment, he declined to offer details.
"You know what? I'm focused on baseball. I'm ready to play," he said.
Manager Bruce Bochy said he planned to speak to the 2011 All-Star about his focus and about staying in shape.
Two offseasons ago, the 5-foot-11 third baseman weighed 280 before losing 40 pounds through a strict workout regimen.
After he batted .315 with 23 home runs and 70 runs batted in last year, the Giants invested heavily in Sandoval, giving him a new $17.15 million, three-year contract.
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