SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- John Yandle, the Giants' primary left-handed batting practice pitcher during the regular season, showed up at camp Thursday to give hitters a different look. Switch-hitters Pablo Sandoval, Emmanuel Burriss and Andres Torres must have been the happiest Giants to see Yandle. All three of them said that they often swing right-handed against right-handed pitchers, just to sharpen their stroke from that side. Otherwise, they'd rarely have chances to take right-handed cuts.
"You have to work more from the side you're not playing," Torres said. "If you want to make sure, you take some [right-handed] swings [against righties]." Being a natural right-handed batter makes it easier for Burriss to maintain his stroke from that side. But, he admitted, "There aren't too many left-handed batting practice throwers, so most of my work right-handed comes off righties." All three of them take early batting practice to create time to hit right-handed. They'll simulate left-handed pitching by adjusting the pitching machine or coaxing a coach to flip balls to them left-handed in soft-toss drills. "It's kind of hard," Burriss said. "You can't put in the same amount of swings from both sides because you'll just wear yourself out. So you have to be pretty smart about it." A typical switch-hitter understands that such inconveniences and challenges come with the territory. "You kind of put yourself in that position to have to be able to make adjustments," Burriss said.