Giants optimistic they'll have Posey, Sandoval vs. Braves

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Giants optimistic they'll have Posey, Sandoval vs. Braves

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LOS ANGELES The Giants have a pair of tight hamstringsattached to Buster Posey and Pablo Sandoval, but both All-Stars were optimisticthat they will be in the lineup Thursday when the club begins a home serieswith the Atlanta Braves.

Well see when I get to the park tomorrow and move around alittle bit, said Posey, who was scratched from Wednesdays lineup on the recommendationof trainers after his right hamstring stiffened up the previous night. Itsgotten better.

Sandoval was a little more emphatic.

Ill play, said the third baseman, who exited in the sixthinning after his left hamstring began to bark a bit.

Sandoval had missed 18 games on the disabled list afterstraining his hamstring at the end of July. Hes hitting .286 with eight RBIsin 10 games since returning from the DL.

The situation were in now, I want to play, be in thelineup and help my team win, Sandoval said.

The thought of a lineup without Sandoval, Posey and thesuspended Melky Cabrera would have been the stuff of nightmares a couple weeksago. It would seem that way still, if Angel Pagan, Marco Scutaro and JoaquinArias werent hitting everything in sight.

That was great to see, said Posey, who wouldve beenavailable to pinch hit if needed in the Giants 8-4 victory Wednesday at DodgerStadium, which completed a three-game sweep. Arias had a huge game, Pagan dida great job again of getting on base and Scutaro is on fire lately. It was areally good trip.

Posey said he felt his hamstring grab while sprinting downthe first base line in his first at-bat Tuesday. He played the remainder of thegame and was in Wednesdays initial lineup before trainers evaluated him in stresstests and advised manager Bruce Bochy to give the cleanup-hitting catcher arest.

We feel pretty good hell be able to go tomorrow, Bochysaid. Well wait till he comes in and reevaluate him and if he needs anotherday, well have to take care of him.

Matt Cain arrived at the park expecting to work with Posey,and instead found himself paired with Hector Sanchez for the first time sincespring training. It did not disrupt the right-hander in the slightest as he heldthe Dodgers to a run in seven innings.

They havent worked together in quite a while but they werein sync, Bochy said. I think Sanchy deserves a lot of credit for how Mattthrew.

Said Cain: You always want Buster back there and his bat inthe lineup, obviously. But I cant say enough about what Hector did today. Wecaught the same rhythm and it was a good night.

Ex-Giants 3B signs deal with Yomiuri Giants in Japan

Ex-Giants 3B signs deal with Yomiuri Giants in Japan

TOKYO — Former Detroit Tigers infielder Casey McGehee has agreed to a one-year deal with the Yomiuri Giants of Japan's Central League worth $1.7 million.

The Giants announced the signing on their official website on Sunday.

McGehee played in 30 games for the Tigers in 2016 posting a .228 batting average.

This will be McGehee's second stint in Japan. In 2013, he batted .292 with 28 home runs and 93 RBI while helping the Rakuten Eagles of the Pacific League win the Japan Series.

The 34-year-old can play either first or third base.

Evans: Giants want to give Parker, Williamson chance to play, but...

Evans: Giants want to give Parker, Williamson chance to play, but...

While the Giants aggressively pursue a new closer, they haven't been aggressive for a new left fielder.

Angel Pagan is a free agent and isn't likely to come back. That leaves talented, but unproven youngsters Mac Williams and Jarrett Parker.

And for GM Bobby Evans, who is always looking for ways to improve the roster, it appears he is content going into the 2017 with Williamson and Parker filling the void in left field.

"Our mindset has been to keep an open mind in any way we can improve the club offensively. But that said, I feel like we've got a starting lineup today that we don't have to adjust or improve upon. I'd always like to find ways to improve it. I think there are some big market options, but we've got two young guys that we want to get a good evaluation on, and you can't really do that until they get major league at-bats. That's Mac Williamson and Jarrett Parker and both of them are really in-waiting for an opportunity to get everyday playing time and show what they can do," Evans told ESPN's Buster Olney on Friday.

But Evans is keeping an open mind regarding acquiring a left fielder.

"That said, I also have to make sure that if we have an opportunity to improve or solidify our lineup in some way, I want to take advantage of it. But I can't lose sight of the benefit of developing our own guys and giving them a chance and not locking ourselves into keeping them from playing time in the next two to three years" Evans said.