Sandoval shrugs off weight questions
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Pablo Sandoval is ready to put all the chatter about his weight to rest.
Last year's World Series MVP insists he is doing his best to get in tip-top shape, and he's certainly showing he has plenty of range at third base.
Sandoval realizes people will talk about his weight no matter what. It seems to be a nonstop topic lately.
"I feel great," he said before Saturday's game against the Cardinals. "I'm just concentrating on playing my game and to play baseball. If it all goes well, I'll lose weight. For now, I'm just going to concentrate out there. I know my manager is worried about that because he wants me to be a better baseball player. I know all the people say things about my weight because they want me to be the best."
After spending the spring working on his defense, Kung Fu Panda made several nice plays behind Barry Zito to back a 1-0 win over St. Louis in San Francisco's home opener Friday -- including running down a foul popup near the home bullpen.
Sandoval had a stomach bug early in spring training and missed 13 games late in the exhibition schedule because of an inflamed nerve and bone spur in his right elbow. n