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Pablo Sandoval won’t play in Venezuelan Winter League

Dec 3, 2011, 8:45 AM EDT

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According to Andrew Baggarly of the San Francisco Chronicle, Pablo Sandoval won’t play for his hometown Navegantes de Magallanes in the Venezuelan Winter League. While the Giants initially cleared him to play in 10 games, he will now participate in the Home Run Derby and visit for a few days with family and friends before returning to the United States.

Sandoval’s agent, Ryan Morgan, said the change of plans had nothing to do with the recent kidnapping of Wilson Ramos in Venezuela, but that his client wants to maintain focus on his training regimen with Triple Threat Performance in Arizona. Kung Fu Panda packed on some pounds over the course of the season, but his goal is to report to spring training even lighter than he did this year.

Sandoval recently underwent LASIK surgery, which successfully corrected a 20/40 impairment in his left eye. And while he was limited during the second half of the season due to a sore left shoulder, Morgan said his client is now “100 percent.” Early contender for “best shape of his life”?

Sandoval, 25, batted .315/.357/.552 with 23 home runs, 70 RBI and a .909 OPS over 466 plate appearances this season. He is arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter.

  1. ccmf69 - Dec 3, 2011 at 1:07 PM

    Bags writes for the San Jose Mercury News:)

  2. jonirocit - Dec 3, 2011 at 11:18 PM

    Good for Pablo the giants need him. Especially now that they are back to penny pinching . I guess we had to know this was coming when they ran mr nuekom outta town . As a fan I really wish they wouldn’t cry about money they have a small window to be successful and it looks like nuekom was trying to cash in on it but once again the ownership group wants to be good but not good enough . Thank god they caught lightning in a bottle in 2010 or it would have been another 56 years ohh wait if they keep this up it might.

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