- Associated Press - Saturday, June 2, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The attorney for San Francisco Giants slugger Pablo Sandoval said Saturday that his client met with the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Department regarding what the lawyer called a “consensual” sexual relationship.

CSN Bay Area first reported Saturday that Sandoval met with authorities Friday, the same day the sexual encounter took place according to Sandoval lawyer Eric Geffon.

“He made a statement. I cannot talk about those things,” Sandoval said, referring to his attorney when the third baseman was reached by phone. “I’m just concentrating on my game and getting back to the team right now.”

Calls to the sheriff’s department weren’t immediately returned.

“On Friday, June 1, Pablo Sandoval voluntarily met with the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Department related to a consensual, personal relationship of a sexual nature that took place earlier that day,” Geffon said in a statement. “Pablo fully cooperated with the Sheriff’s Department. Out of respect for the process, we have no further comment at this time.”

Sandoval is on the disabled list as he recovers from May 4 surgery to remove a broken hamate bone in his left hand. Manager Bruce Bochy said before Saturday’s game with the Cubs that Sandoval was in Stockton to play for Class-A San Jose as designated hitter _ his first rehab game _ and could return as soon as Friday if all goes well.

Sandoval, a first-time All-Star last season, is batting .316 with five home runs and 15 RBIs this year.



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