SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Third baseman Pablo Sandoval was anxious to get at-bats before leaving for the World Baseball Classic. Now that he's back, nothing has changed. Manager Bruce Bochy planned to give Sandoval a day off on Tuesday, his first day back at camp.
"He came in and said he really wanted to play," Bochy said. "He wants to be out there."
Just how much Sandoval will be out there in coming weeks is still up in the air. Bochy used playing time as motivation to keep Sandoval on a conditioning program before he left for the WBC. Sandoval lost 14 pounds in the opening weeks of camp and Bochy said the plan hasn't changed.
"It's something we've talked about," he said. "We'll continue to do what we did before he left and he's got to keep his conditioning up, just like the rest of these guys."
Asked if he was happy with Sandoval's current conditioning, Bochy pointed out that he had only seen Sandoval for a couple of minutes on Tuesday.
"Ask me in another day," he said. "I'll know better after this game and tomorrow."
Tony Abreu (strained quad) and Andres
"He laid one in there, didn't he?" Bochy said, smiling. "(Casilla) took care of him."