San Francisco Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval reported to spring training Saturday in Scottsdale, Ariz., overweight and the team is not happy about it.
Manager Bruce Bochy told the 2012 World Series MVP, who is listed on the roster at 262 pounds, that he will be given extra work to get back into shape. Bochy's message was given to Sandoval during a close-door meeting, according to CSN Bay Area.
Sandoval will get added conditioning before and after team workouts.
Unlike two years ago, when the Giants forced Sandoval to undergo a strict winter workout program, they let him play for Magallanes in the Venezuelan League this year. He did win the league's championship series MVP.
Still, he has the extra weight to work off in spring training.
"Like all the guys, we've got to get ourselves in game condition," Bochy said. "Even though he's been playing games, it's fair to say he has to shed a few pounds, and he will. He has the time. He's up there working as we speak."
Sandoval said the weight issue is being overblown.
"I feel in shape," he said. "Who cares what other people say? I'm here to do my job."
Bochy said Sandoval's weight issue may never go away.
"It seems for some guys, it's a battle for them," Bochy said. "He'll be here early in the morning and he'll be here after our workouts."