Giants' Sanchez tosses bullpen, Fontenot close

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SAN FRANCISCO -- His team mired in a three-game losing streak, unable to score runs with any consistency and dealing with the usual assortment of aches, pains and rehab plans, Giants manager Bruce Bochy managed a few smiled Wednesday while discussing the state of things before the third game of a four-game series against the rival -- yes, rival -- Padres at AT&T Park.Running down the list of walking wounded (Jonathan Sanchez, Mike Fontenot chief among them), Bochy admitted that video of reliever Jeremy Affeldt's mild calf injury, suffered in the ninth inning of Tuesday's 5-3 loss to San Diego, tickled him so much that he called Affeldt in for a look himself.As third baseman Pablo Sandoval leaped to snag a line drive off the bat of Nick Hundley, the clip Bochy found so amusing showed Affeldt essentially mirroring Sandoval's action, only to come down to earth in a less-than-celebratory mood."I looked at the tape a bunch of times; it's pretty funny. I had to bring him in and show him what had me laughing the past few minutes," Bochy said before hitting the field to throw some batting practice.
Fortunately for the Giants, who have been enjoying a stellar run of pitching from the 32-year-old lefty that includes a 0.46 ERA over his past 18 games, Affeldt is not seriously injured. Bochy listed him as day-to-day."Guys gotta tone down their celebrations," Bochy said with a sly grin. "Especially the older guys."Fontenot Friday?
Fontenot, who hasn't played since May 25 and is on the 15-day disabled list with a groin injury, could rejoin the Giants as early as Friday.Having suffered a setback in his recovery after going 1-for-1 with a walk and two runs scored in a June 10 game for Triple-A Fresno, Fontenot resumed his minor-league rehab assignment last Thursday and was 5-for-18 (.278) with a home run, two RBIs and three walks in five games for the Grizzlies through Tuesday. Last week it was looking unlikely that Fontenot would return before the All-Star break, but if he comes out of his next couple of games feeling well, he'll help San Francisco close out the "first half" with a weekend series against the Mets.Fontenot, batting .207 in 27 games with the Giants this year, is expected to see the bulk of his playing time at second base upon returning.Ross, Burriss available
Cody Ross, who has been day-to-day with a mild left hamstring strain that's kept him out of action Tuesday, has seen his condition improve considerably but was not in Wednesday's starting lineup. Bochy said Ross was available in the late innings, likely as a pinch hitter, if need be.Infielder Emmanuel Burriss, hobbled by a bruised knee after being hit by a pitch Monday, is "in the same class" as Ross, according to Bochy. Burriss grounded out as a pinch hitter Tuesday night.Revenge on their minds?
Despite outfielder Andres Torres' mini-rant Tuesday, charging Padres reliever Chad Qualls with showing him up for spiking the ball after tagging out Torres at the plate to end the seventh inning Tuesday, Bochy made it sound as though he's again any sort of retaliation."I'd have been upset, too," Bochy conceded, "But guys show a lot of emotion nowaday, in all sports. It's become part of it. I think it's time to move on."Bochy also conceded that some of his own players are fairly demonstrative, noting the post-save celebration of Brian Wilson and setup man Sergio Romo's excitable nature on the mound, but in typical Bochy fashion he defended his charges."We have some characters," he said, "but that's different from showing guys up. I wouldn't tolerate that." Dribblers ....
Sanchez, out with bicep tendinitis and not expected back until after the All-Star break, threw in the bullpen Wednesday afternoon and, according to Bochy, feels great. ... Rookie Brandon Belt, rehabbing a broken bone in his left wrist, will see equal time at first base and in the outfield during his rehab assignment.

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