Sandoval excused from Giants Fan Fest

Sandoval leaves Venezuelan game with minor injury

Sandoval excused from Giants Fan Fest
January 28, 2014, 1:15 pm
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Pablo Sandoval, Angel Pagan and Marco Scutaro are the most notable players expected to miss Fan Fest. (USATSI)

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SAN FRANCISCO – Tim Lincecum will have his usual rock-star retinue at Fan Fest on Saturday. Expect Hunter Pence and Buster Posey to draw their usual pied-piper following, too.

But if you hoped to get a look at a slimmed-down Panda, you’ll just have to wait.

I’m told that Pablo Sandoval will not attend Fan Fest because he asked club officials if he could continue his workout regimen in Venezuela. Sandoval is playing right now for Magallanes, which hopes to wrap up the Venezuelan League finals series Tuesday night against Caribes de Anzoategui. The Navegantes lead the best-of-7 series 3-1.

[BAGGARLY: Sandoval back in Magallanes lineup after leaving Saturday's game]

Angel Pagan and Marco Scutaro also are not on the list of attendees, which the club released to the media on Tuesday. Pagan begged out last year, too – even after signing a four-year, $40 million contract.

New Giants Michael Morse and Tim Hudson will be in attendance. So will lefty David Huff, even though he’s been in the organization for just a few days after being claimed off waivers.

A reminder before you peruse the full list: Autographs are great, but for a truly meaningful chance to interact with your favorite players, head to the Q&A stages. The Giants always do a great job with those, and they’re a lot of fun. Last year alone, we saw Pence imitate Lincecum, and Brandon Belt unintentionally stick something up on the Dodgers’ bulletin board.

Here is the list of scheduled attendees at Saturday's FanFest:

Jeremy Affeldt
Dave Dravecky
Erwin Higueros
Bill Laskey
Hunter Pence
Larry Baer
Jake Dunning
David Huff
Joe Lefebvre
Buster Posey
Brandon Belt
Tinie Felder
Roberto Kelly
Jeffrey Leonard
Dave Righetti
Gregor Blanco
Tim Flannery
Michael Kickham
Tim Lincecum
Sergio Romo
Bruce Bochy
Tito Fuentes
Roger Kieschnick
Javier Lopez
Brian Sabean
Matt Cain
Mark Gardner
George Kontos
Hensley Meulens
Ryan Vogelsong
Orlando Cepeda
Heath Hembree
Mike Krukow
Michael Morse
Ron Wotus
Brandon Crawford
Duane Kuiper
Nick Noonan