Pablo's Sight Much Improved After Eye Surgery
LASIK on left eye means Panda hits righty again.
LASIK on left eye means Panda hits righty again.

Posted Feb 25, 2012

The Panda can see. Good news for Pablo Sandoval and Giants fans.

At the end of last season, the switch-hitter did not bat right-handed because of a sore left shoulder and the fact he was no longer effective. Sandoval simply sat out against left-handed pitchers.

Well, he's prepared to hit them now.

Not only is the shoulder feeling better, but Sandoval had LASIK surgery in his left eye, enabling him to see pitches better as he steps in the box from the right side -- when his left eye is his lead eye.

"I can see the ball, the rotation," Sandoval said.

He proved it in the Giants' first full-squad workout, swatting several balls over the outfield wall while batting right-handed.

The third baseman likely will hit third this year, behind Freddy Sanchez and in front of Buster Posey. That is, if Sanchez and Posey -- both of whom missed most of last season -- are able to overcome their injuries. Sanchez (shoulder surgery) hadn't begun throwing to bases, and Posey (ankle) said it'll be a while before he's fully healed.

Sandoval was the Giants' most effective hitter in 2011, batting .315 with 23 homers and 70 RBI. He was the Giants' first hitter since Barry Bonds in 2007 to be an All-Star, and this year he added something to his repertoire.

He can see.

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