Pablo Sandoval Started New Diet Monday; Goes 0-for-2 with 2 Errors

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Let the Sandoval slim-down begin!

Pablo Sandoval may not have come into camp in the best shape of his life as you may have seen but he’s now taking action against his wide-body waistline.

Here’s the skinny, the portly Red Sox third baseman attempted to start the week off on the right foot and looked to a new diet that promised to shed his fat while keeping his muscle.

How does Panda plan for drop some quick pounds before the season starts? Three words: Zone. Diet. Bars.

According the folks at Zone Labs, the diet bars will help Sandoval “stabilize his blood sugar and conserve calories throughout the day.”

Panda — via an arrangement between his handlers and the folks at Zone Labs — accepted two cases of the bars at JetBlue Park on Monday morning before preparing to face the Tampa Bay Rays. There are eight boxes in a case, 14 Zone bars in a box.

(Image via Maguire Art Design @MADink401)
(Image via Maguire Art Design @MADink401)

“Oh ya, Zone Bars,” Sandoval said when he accepted his 224 bars which will supposedly “burn stored body fat as a primary fuel source instead of storing incoming calories as fat.”

But the proof is in the pudding. Or in this case, the bars. When the Stomach Watch resumes at Fenway, the pictures of the new Panda will be worth more than any words written here.

And Sandoval didn’t do himself any favors on the field Monday, making both a fielding error and a throwing error against the Rays.

“I just try to catch them. Nothing I can say, but I’ve been working on my defense and it’s part of the game,” Sandoval said via MLB.com’s Ian Browne. “I just tried to make a play out there. I’m feeling good. It was a tough hop and I ended up late, so I didn’t catch the ball.”

Read more about Sandoval’s yo-yo dieting through the years here.

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