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Pablo Sandoval was smiley and cheery on Monday night. He joked with fellow Latino teammate, Edward Concepcion, like it was just another day at the yard. Observing his demeanor, one wouldn’t think Sandoval could possibly have a recovering hand, an unconditioned body and a sexual assault investigation raging through his mind.
Maybe none of those things are on his mind.
Maybe he’s too focused.
It sure seemed that way Monday night in Stockton where the Class A San Jose Giants finished out a three game set with the Ports, ending Sandoval’s stint with the club.
Sandoval will join the Grizzlies tonight in Fresno.
Sandoval spoke to reporters after batting practice, saying his left hand felt fine during pregame warm-ups, in which he took swings from both sides of the plate but limited right-handed swings to about 10-15.
Stockton starting pitcher Jake Brown, a lefty, faced Sandoval batting left-handed, however.
Maybe he isn’t ready to test the hand in game situations.
Sandoval went 0-for-3 with a walk in his final game with San Jose, finishing the three-game set going 3-for-12 with a home run and an RBI. He was in the lineup as the designated hitter for Saturday and Sunday’s game, and occupied third base for the first time since the injury in Monday’s finale.
He steered clear of questions regarding the ongoing sexual assault investigation, ending the press conference once questions became non-baseball related.
Giants manager Bruce Bochy complained earlier this week of Sandoval’s overall condition, making it clear that Pablo would have to work harder in the coming weeks to prove he has remained in shape.
One thing we do know is that the Kung Fu Panda has kept his mind in shape, seemingly brushing aside all the distractions biting at his heels.
Maybe that’s a good sign for Giants fans.
Check out photos from Sandoval’s final rehab start with San Jose.