Aoki reassesses plan to wrestle MadBum

New Giants outfielder has fun at first formal workout

Aoki reassesses plan to wrestle MadBum

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Outfielder Nori Aoki said Tuesday that his first official workout with the Giants was "a lot of fun," though he had second thoughts about wrestling Madison Bumgarner.

When Aoki was introduced in a news conference at AT&T Park after signing a one-year contract with the Giants as a free agent last month, he made a playful remark about going to the mat with Bumgarner. At 6-foot-5 and 235 pounds, Bumgarner stands 8 inches taller and weighs 55 pounds more than Aoki.

Speaking through interpreter Kosuke Inaji, Aoki didn't call off the proposed match. But he didn't sound eager to go through with it, either.

"When I met him, he was a little bigger than I expected," Aoki said. "I feel like I'm at a disadvantage, so maybe I should be allowed to use a tool -- like a rolling pin or something. That, or just run around him."

Having spent last season with Kansas City, the team that San Francisco vanquished in the World Series, Aoki gained a sense of the Giants' competitive spirit.

"You could tell from the meeting we had that it's a passionate group of guys," he said.

Aoki, who hit .285 with 17 stolen bases in 132 games last year, is projected to start in left field.

Chris Haft is a reporter for Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, and follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.