Notes: Vogelsong faces hitters, Arias hits off tee

How does Vogelsong rate his latest bullpen session?

Notes: Vogelsong faces hitters, Arias hits off tee
July 20, 2013, 5:30 pm
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Ryan Vogelsong could begin his rehab assignment on Tuesday, while Joaquin Arias could be activated next week. (AP)

SAN FRANCISCO – Ryan Vogelsong still has several steps to clear before he’d return to the Giants on Aug. 9 or so. But he didn’t trip on the first big one Saturday.

Vogelsong threw live batting practice and got up to 35 pitches while coaches Shawon Dunston and Roberto Kelly stood in the box. He also threw 40 pitches in the bullpen, so counting warmups, he surpassed the 80 mark.

Vogelsong said he was a little amped up and wasn’t happy with everything he threw, but he did throw all his pitches and felt physically fine. He said he had no issues with his crushed pinky finger, although there will be some swelling that remains in his hand until he has a chance to rest it in the offseason.

If he comes out of it feeling well, he’d make his first rehab start Tuesday for the Giants’ affiliate in the Arizona Rookie League.

As for Dunston and Kelly?

“I don’t go too much off swings,” Vogelsong said, with a half-smile. “Especially those two guys.”

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Joaquin Arias hit off a tee and will take ground balls in Sunday as he ramps up his activities following his appendectomy. He’s still likely to be activated by the middle of next week.

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Brandon Crawford’s foot is swollen after getting spiked by Arizona right-hander Heath Bell in a play at first base Friday night. The spikes went through Crawford’s shoe and sock. But he was jogging without a limp and was expected to be available off the bench. With a left-hander going for Arizona, it made sense to take it easy on him, Bochy said. There’s still some swelling in the foot.

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Buster Posey is starting at first base because Bochy wants to be able to have him catch Sunday’s day game. It means Brandon Belt is sitting against a left-hander again.

“I know we just had a break, but you don’t want to wear these guys down right away,” Bochy said.

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