Bochy, coaches hold summit with Sandoval


Bochy, coaches hold summit with Sandoval

DENVER The Giants held a summit of sorts with PabloSandoval in an effort to get the free-swinging Panda back to being a productivehitter.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy reviewed film and had a longdiscussion with hitting coach Hensley Meulens and special assistant Joe Lefebvre,then shared their findings with Sandoval.

The Panda was receptive, Bochy said.

Its trying to keep him in control up there, Bochy said. Hegets a little big with his swing sometimes. Weve just got to calm him down.Pablo wants to do something when hes up there. Hes just got to shorteneverything up, including his stride, and improve his balance.

In the past, Sandovals balance issues were related to hisconditioning. He certainly is not slender at the moment, and Giants officialsare hoping he will continue to address the issue by taking off weight in theoffseason.

As for his other physical issues, including the two hamatesurgeries hes had on his hands the past two seasons, Bochy doesnt see a lackof hand strength being the cause of Sandovals failure to drive the ball.

Sandoval has gone 138 at-bats since his last home run July8. He has a .274 slugging percentage since coming back from his last DL stint(a strained hamstring) August 8.

I think his hand strength is there, Bochy said. You watchbatting practice and its obvious its there.

The problem is the approach. He saw four pitches in fourat-bats on Saturday, and was 0 for 5 while making outs twice with runners inscoring position in Mondays 6-5 loss. Sandoval reviewed video as coachesexplained what theyd like him to do.

He saw it right away, Bochy said. Its when he gets in thegame, he gets anxious. Thats the biggest issue.

Sandoval is back in the No. 3 spot in the lineup, ahead of Buster Posey.

In other pregame news, Xavier Nady was available to pinchhit last night and continues to make progress from his strained hamstring.Bochy said Gregor Blanco has had better at-bats of late, but he acknowledgedthat the Giants would prefer to start Nady when they face three left-handedpitchers in Arizona this weekend.

The Giants bullpen is up to 14, and dont think Bochy wontuse them. Clay Hensley was activated from the DL after missing two weeks with astrained groin. This will be a big couple weeks for Hensley, who will battlewith many others to show he deserves a spot on a potential playoff roster. Hecertainly had solid stretches in the first half.

In other rosterifications, right-hander Steve Edlefsencleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Fresno.

Bochy said he would be comfortable playing Brandon Belt inleft field in Wednesdays series finale here, which would indicate Buster Poseyat first base and Hector Sanchez catching Tim Lincecum yet again.

The other mitigating factor is the weather. Theres a 50percent chance of rain later tonight, and its supposed to be constant rain onWednesday. If the game is postponed, the teams share a common off day onThursday. Of course, nobody wants to give that up without a fight.

Ex-Giants 3B signs deal with Yomiuri Giants in Japan

Ex-Giants 3B signs deal with Yomiuri Giants in Japan

TOKYO — Former Detroit Tigers infielder Casey McGehee has agreed to a one-year deal with the Yomiuri Giants of Japan's Central League worth $1.7 million.

The Giants announced the signing on their official website on Sunday.

McGehee played in 30 games for the Tigers in 2016 posting a .228 batting average.

This will be McGehee's second stint in Japan. In 2013, he batted .292 with 28 home runs and 93 RBI while helping the Rakuten Eagles of the Pacific League win the Japan Series.

The 34-year-old can play either first or third base.

Evans: Giants want to give Parker, Williamson chance to play, but...

Evans: Giants want to give Parker, Williamson chance to play, but...

While the Giants aggressively pursue a new closer, they haven't been aggressive for a new left fielder.

Angel Pagan is a free agent and isn't likely to come back. That leaves talented, but unproven youngsters Mac Williams and Jarrett Parker.

And for GM Bobby Evans, who is always looking for ways to improve the roster, it appears he is content going into the 2017 with Williamson and Parker filling the void in left field.

"Our mindset has been to keep an open mind in any way we can improve the club offensively. But that said, I feel like we've got a starting lineup today that we don't have to adjust or improve upon. I'd always like to find ways to improve it. I think there are some big market options, but we've got two young guys that we want to get a good evaluation on, and you can't really do that until they get major league at-bats. That's Mac Williamson and Jarrett Parker and both of them are really in-waiting for an opportunity to get everyday playing time and show what they can do," Evans told ESPN's Buster Olney on Friday.

But Evans is keeping an open mind regarding acquiring a left fielder.

"That said, I also have to make sure that if we have an opportunity to improve or solidify our lineup in some way, I want to take advantage of it. But I can't lose sight of the benefit of developing our own guys and giving them a chance and not locking ourselves into keeping them from playing time in the next two to three years" Evans said.