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Pablo Sandoval is going back behind the plate

Apr 6, 2012, 9:38 PM EDT

Pablo Sandoval catching AP

Pablo Sandoval hasn’t caught a major league game since May 8, 2009, but the Giants have asked him to prepare for emergency duty with rookie Hector Sanchez as the lone backup to Buster Posey on the active roster.

While Sandoval is quite comfortable with his regular gig at third base, he told Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com that he’ll do whatever it takes to help the team.

“If they need me, I’ll be in there,” the Giants’ opening day third baseman said. “It’s gonna be tough when you get two or three years not catching. You have to be ready to catch two bullpens in one day to make sure I’m fine. But I don’t get mad. It’s part of the team and if I have to do it, I’ll do it for sure.”

Sanchez is a switch-hitter, so the Giants want the flexibility to use him in certain situations without being exposed. Still, given how important Sandoval is to the team’s offense, it would probably take a pretty unusual circumstance for him to get behind the plate during a game again.

  1. anythingbutyanks - Apr 6, 2012 at 10:47 PM

    Good for Sandoval! He signed a contract to play for the Padres, not to play a certain position for the Padres. He is an employee and proved he is willing to do whatever the employer asks of him if it is what is best for the organization. Professional sports could use a lot more of this attitude.

    • Jason @ IIATMS - Apr 6, 2012 at 11:02 PM

      Boy, those Padres are sure nice, signing and paying for Sandoval and allowing him to play for the Giants…

      • anythingbutyanks - Apr 7, 2012 at 10:36 AM

        Ultimate brain fart…you got me dead to rights.

    • cosanostra71 - Apr 6, 2012 at 11:08 PM

      haha what?

      • cur68 - Apr 6, 2012 at 11:28 PM

        DJ Has a typo in his post: first sentence he says “the Giants have asked him (Sandoval)…”. S’ok, its opening day for bloggers, too. He’ll round into form by mid season.

  2. estecklerlhs - Apr 6, 2012 at 11:02 PM

    Yeah but he plays for the Giants.

  3. Gonzo - Apr 6, 2012 at 11:06 PM

    BB-Ref has listed his nicknames as Kung Fu Panda, Fat Ichiro or Round Mound of Pound. Never heard of the last two.

  4. storebrandcookies - Apr 7, 2012 at 2:18 AM

    It’s hard not to like Pablo. A very underrated player indeed.

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