Pablo Sandoval has a clear fitness goal in sight. The rest of his vision is a bit clearer, too. The Giants third baseman received the results he wanted after undergoing LASIK surgery in November. The procedure successfully corrected a 20/40 impairment in his left eye, said Sandoval's agent, Ryan Morgan. "Pablo hasn't been tested yet but he says his vision is as good if not better than his right eye, which is 20/20," said Morgan, adding that the surgery should vastly improve the switch-hitting Panda's production from the right side. "He was relying on one eye," Morgan said. "I think it would be wrong not to admit there's a correlation there. It's a combination of not picking up the ball as well and how that can play into your confidence." Fitness also boosted Sandoval's confidence as he rebounded at the plate in 2011. Ethan Banning, head trainer at Triple Threat Performance, said Sandoval's goal is to arrive for spring training even lighter than the 239 pounds at which he tipped the scales last February. For that reason, Sandoval won't suit up and play for his hometown Navegantes de Magallanes in Venezuela. Instead, he will participate in the Home Run Derby on Dec. 13 and visit for a few days with family and friends before returning to his training regimen in Arizona.
Pablo Sandoval corrects eyesight, keeps working on fitness
San Jose Mercury News | Dec 3