Posey attempts sliding, could DH by Friday


Posey attempts sliding, could DH by Friday

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Giants fans want to see Buster Posey when they tune into the first telecast of the season Monday night.

Manager Bruce Bochy really, really wants to give them what they want. But he can't in good conscience. Not yet, anyway.

"Sure, I know they want to see him," Bochy said. "We do, too. Our hope is that would happen, but it's not worth the risk."

Posey is making progress as he continues to test his reconstructed left ankle. He told me this afternoon that the ankle is feeling the best it has all spring. He gleefully put on his cleats as he got ready to do some sliding for the first time since the home-plate collision shattered his ankle May 25.

Posey also planned to run curves Monday, but not hard cuts around the bases. Giants coaches and staff remain very concerned about what will happen when Posey has to take a jarring step on a base.

It's likely that Posey will start at DH when he makes his exhibition debut, which Bochy said could happen "possibly by the end of the week."

The same is true for second baseman Freddy Sanchez, who continues to test his surgically repaired right shoulder by taking infield and throwing to bases. Bochy said Sanchez would be serving as the DH already if not for the back stiffness that he encountered earlier in camp.

Bochy said Sanchez could DH on Thursday or Friday.

"The concern, when you put them in a game, it's a different speed you're going at," Bochy said.

As for closer Brian Wilson (strained elbow last season), he is scheduled to face hitters in live batting practice Wednesday and remains on the schedule to make his Cactus League debut on Monday. And right-hander Ryan Vogelsong (strained lower back) could throw off a mound on Thursday if his flat-ground session goes well.

Here's tonight's lineup, which doesn't include all the regulars. The Brewers and Giants agreed to use a DH, but Milwaukee won't have Ryan Braun on the travel roster. (Lefty Chris Narveson is starting for Milwaukee.)

Bochy needed to hold back a few guys with a day game Tuesday.

CF Angel Pagan
2B Ryan Theriot
3B Pablo Sandoval
1B Aubrey Huff
LF Brandon Belt
DH Brett Pill
RF Gregor Blanco
SS Joaquin Arias
C Chris Stewart

P Matt Cain

Giants avoid arbitration with Nunez, Smith, Kontos

Giants avoid arbitration with Nunez, Smith, Kontos

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants avoided arbitration with three more veterans on Friday, agreeing to one-year deals with third baseman Eduardo Nuñez, left-hander Will Smith and right-hander George Kontos.

Financial details were not immediately available. MLB Trade Rumors' projections put Nuñez at about $4.4 million, Smith at about $2.3 million, and Kontos at about $1.7 million. The Giants reached deals with all six arbitration eligible players this offseason. 

Nunez, acquired last summer, will enter camp as the starter at third base. He posted a .269/.327/.418 slash line and 12 stolen bases after coming over from the Twins.

Smith was also acquired before the trade deadline, and he had a 2.95 ERA in 26 appearances for the Giants. He is expected to play a pivotal role in setting up for new closer Mark Melancon. 

Kontos has long been Bruce Bochy's most reliable reliever in the middle innings and he could move to a higher-leverage role in a revamped bullpen. He had a 2.53 ERA in 2016, his fifth season with the Giants.

The Giants had previously reached one-year deals with Cory Gearrin, Ehire Adrianza and Conor Gillaspie. They have not gone to an arbitration hearing since 2004, when a deal could not be reached with A.J. Pierzynski. 

Giants Hall-of-Famer Gaylord Perry: Enshrine Bonds, not Rose


Giants Hall-of-Famer Gaylord Perry: Enshrine Bonds, not Rose

MLB Hall-of-Famer and two-time Cy Young winner Gaylord Perry believes home run king Barry Bonds will eventually be inducted into the baseball Hall of Fame. 

"I think he’ll get in eventually," Perry said, according to USA Today. "If you have a player like that, pretty soon, you put him in."

Perry, 78, was infamous for doctoring baseballs on the mound and throwing a spitball. Author of 314 career wins over a 22-year season, Perry was inducted into Cooperstown in 1991. His No. 36 is one of 10 numbers retired by the Giants. 

But Perry doesn't feel the same about hit king Pete Rose.

"Pete did the worst thing possible, worse than steroids," Perry said. "He put money on games, win or lose. He’s paying the price."

Bonds, 52, was a seven-time MVP, a 14-time All-Star, a 12-time Silver Slugger, an eight-time Gold Glover. He owns the most home runs (762), the most walks (2,558) and the most intentional walks (688) in MLB history.

Rose, 75, was Rookie of the Year, MVP and a 17-time All-Star. He owns the most games (3,562), plate appearances (15,890), at-bats (14,053), and hits (4,256) in MLB history.