FRESNO -- A panda sighting in Fresno.
San Francisco Giants' slugger Pablo Sandoval took the field for the Fresno Grizzlies last week at Chukchansi Park.
Dubbed "Kung Fu Panda," Giant's manager Bruce Bochy sent the team's $17-million investment to work on his game with the Triple-A Grizzlies.
Sandoval, a Venezuelan, underwent surgery in his left wrist to remove bones. After missing 40 games, Sandoval, 25, is back and fielding questions about his longtime battle with his weight.
"They (Giants) are the boss," Sandoval told the Sacramento Bee said after meeting privately with Bochy last weekend. "They make the decisions. I need to work hard and get in shape. This is the moment when you have a great manager. He told me, 'You have the talent.' So you need to show him what you got."
Though he's back with the Giants, while in Fresno, Sandoval took questions from reporters.
Sandoval is also being investigated for sexual assault. Santa Cruz County authorities are investigating a June 1 claim against Sandoval.
Here's the shortened version of the interview in Fresno. Visit vidaenelvalle.com to see the entire interview on video.
Q: How are you feeling? How's the wrist?
A: "Good. Good, man. Hanging in there; I started the last couple of days, so I feel great. It's getting healthier every single day, better and better."
Q: What do you want to work on?
A: "I'm trying to get my timing. See a pitch and get my rhythm going; work out a little bit more on the defense."
Q: Are you rusty or rested?
A: "I'm rested."
Q: What about your weight? Does it bother you that your weight is so public out there?
A: "It's there. It's something that I'm working on. That's part of the game. No pressure for me. I did it last year, so we'll see what happens."
Q: Has your weight affected your play on the field at third base?
A: "When you feel good, you try to do different things. I know I have to work hard a little bit more right now."
Q: How frustrating is it not to be able to help the (San Francisco Giants) team?
A: "It's a lot frustrating for me because they have been playing well."
Q: You skipped Triple-A and went to the majors. Do you feel like you missed out on anything?
A: "I'm happy I escaped the Triple-A. For me, it's going to be tough playing here."
Q: Do you feel like you will have to compete for the starting job when you get back?
A: "I'm just going to do my job every single day. I'm just going to do my thing, and play hard."
Q: How are holding up mentally with everything?
A: "I just focus and play baseball; try to win the division right now, try to get my team to the World Series."