Sandoval seeing clearly, swinging crisply

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Sandoval seeing clearly, swinging crisply

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Pablo Sandoval had aresurgent season in 2011, when he became an All-Star for the first time. Butthe switch-hitting Panda hasnt been able to duplicate his initial success fromthe right side. He hit .379 as a right-handed hitter in 2009,including six home runs in 145 at-bats. Sandoval believeshes ready to crush from that side again. His sore left shoulder is improvedfollowing an offseason of rehab work. And his vision is clear after havingLASIK surgery on his left eye inNovember.
No more fiddling with contact lenses or goggles.

Yeah, itsvery different, said Sandoval, after putting on a fireworks show from bothsides of the plate in the Giants first full-squad workout Friday. I feelbetter. I can see better. I can see the ball, the rotation.And the shoulder? Powerful, he said. Nopain. It's not like Sandoval struggled with hisright-handed swing last season. He hit .290 from the right side and .324 as aleft-handed hitter. But he never got comfortable with any correctiveeyewear. He certainly doesnt want to be limited as he waslast September, when he couldnt swing the bat from the right side and had tosit against lefties down the stretch. He doesnt want to revisit those fourplate appearances when he tried to go lefty-on-lefty. (He was 0 for 3 with twostrikeouts and a sacrifice.) No, that wasnt fun, he said,smiling. Giants manager Bruce Bochy said he didnt considerSandovals shoulder a dead issue, though. Its a firstday, Bochy said. To see him able to swing without pain, sure, Im sure hesglad hes over it. Now weve got to stay on top of this and make sure itdoesnt flare up again. Its an injury that takes time. Imsure he was frustrated because it affected his playing time. Hes back to beinga switch hitter and Im sure hes excited. Sandoval said hewent several weeks without picking up a bat in the offseason before heparticipated in the Pepsi Home Run Derby in Venezuela. Its a heralded event inhis home country. He has beaten out Miguel Cabrera and Magglio Ordonez in pastyears. This time, with no practice?Bad, he said, shaking his head.

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.