PHOENIX Giants closer Brian Wilson bent his ear as reportersapproached Pablo Sandoval to ask about catching in the bullpen again.
Oh, sweet, Wilson said. Catch me.
The Giants might start off the Panda with an easierassignment. But yes, they will ask him to find some gear (he doesnt have any)and get back in the squat for the first time since 2009.
Sandoval changed his no chance stance from FanFest. Hesays hell do as asked.
If they need me, Ill be in there, the Giants opening daythird baseman said. Its gonna be tough when you get two or three years notcatching. You have to be ready to catch two bullpens in one day to make sure Imfine. But I dont get mad. Its part of the team and if I have to do it, Illdo it for sure.
Bochy approached Sandoval on Thursday about starting tocatch bullpens. The Giants are going with Hector Sanchez as the lone backupbehind Buster Posey, who figures to need his share of days off (or at firstbase) as the Giants ease him back into action following major ankle surgery.
The Giants also want to use Sanchezs switch-hitting bat offthe bench an impossibility unless they have another viable emergency optionto catch in case something happens.
Sandoval knows his ability to catch is part of what helpedthe coaching staff and front office decide to put Sanchez on the roster. So hescool with it.
Hes a great guy, Sandoval said of his fellow Venezuelan. Heslike me. When I got to the big leagues, I looked just like him. Just go out anddont think, just swing the bat.
Did Sandoval miss anything in the last three years when hedidnt catch?
Nothing! he said, followed by peals of laughter. If Icatch here, the next day Ill be super sore. I know that.