Giants note: Nady tests hamstring; Hensley nears return


Giants note: Nady tests hamstring; Hensley nears return

DENVER -- The Giants have so many players on their active roster that traveling secretary Bret Alexander had trouble getting enough rooms to cover the entire traveling party.

(Getting a cot for Yusmeiro Petit is not allowed under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, apparently.)

The Giants will add their 37th active player Tuesday when right-hander Clay Hensley comes off the disabled list. Hensley threw in the bullpen and his strained groin passed the tests.

The addition of Hensley will give the Giants a 14-man bullpen, and don't laugh. You can never have too many pitchers on a six-game trip to Colorado and Arizona. In fact, Giants manager Bruce Bochy said he expects to need quite a few innings from the less frequently used relievers on staff such as Brad Penny, Dan Runzler, etc.

Even in a game like Sunday, when the Giants held a four-run lead and the starting pitcher lasted into the seventh, Bochy ended up using five relievers. This is the matchup-based world we're living in, and it involves plenty more warmup tosses than the past when the bullpen had more neatly defined roles.

So it'll be important that Santiago Casilla, Sergio Romo, Javier Lopez and the other late-game options get full days off from time to time.

In other news, Xavier Nady jogged and did some agility work in the outfield to test his strained hamstring. Trainers put him at just 60 percent, Bochy said. Nady might be available to pinch hit, but the Giants are really hoping he'll be OK for this weekend's series at Arizona. That's because the Diamondbacks are scheduled to throw three left-handers (Tyler Skaggs, Wade Miley and Patrick Corbin) at Chase Field.

Actually, it'll be four consecutive lefties because the Rockies have Jeff Francis down to pitch on Wednesday. But Coors Field is the last place to start a left fielder with a balky hamstring.

Bochy acknowledged that Nady would resume his role as the left fielder against left-handed pitchers once he's healthy. Until then, Gregor Blanco is being relied upon.

I spoke with Giants vice president Bobby Evans for a Baseball America season wrap that will be published in another week or two.

A couple tidbits: Brett Bochy threw a couple of bullpen sessions that convinced club officials that his shoulder issue was nothing more than fatigue, and he should be ready to go this spring.

Also, Clayton Blackburn is a name you should know. If he's unfamiliar to you, Blackburn is a 19-year-old whom the Giants drafted in the 16th round out of an Oklahoma high school last year. He immediately signed and did very well in the Arizona League, then went 8-4 with a 2.54 ERA in 22 starts for Low-A Augusta this year (plus an ungodly 143-18 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 131.1 innings).

He has a really advanced feel for pitching given his young age, and while he doesn't throw nearly as hard as Kyle Crick, his stuff should play quite well at higher levels. It certainly did when he was called up as a ringer to pitch for Single-A San Jose in the Cal League playoffs.

Giants hammer Taillon, return favor with 11-3 win over Pirates

Giants hammer Taillon, return favor with 11-3 win over Pirates


SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner saw no reason to make a big deal over his first win of the year, even if it came far deeper into the season than anyone expected.

In a season that long ago spun out of control for both San Francisco and its ace, Bumgarner was happier seeing the struggling Giants have one of their best games of the year.

Bumgarner allowed one run over five innings for his first win of the season, and the Giants beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 11-3 on Tuesday night.

"It was nice to be on the board now individually," Bumgarner said. "But that's not what it's about. It's about us winning games, and we played really good tonight."

Eduardo Nunez drove in two runs in his final game with San Francisco as he was traded to Boston for two minor leaguers. The veteran infielder was pulled in the fifth inning and was later seen on television shaking hands with several teammates in the Giants' clubhouse. The deal was announced after a few minutes after the final out.

Bumgarner also singled and scored, Buster Posey had three hits and an RBI and Joe Panik added a bases-loaded triple as struggling San Francisco won for only the fifth time in 16 games.

Josh Harrison singled twice for the Pirates, who fell behind 9-0 and couldn't recover. Pittsburgh stranded seven runners in the first five innings, including four in scoring position.

Making his third start since coming off the disabled list after nearly three months following a dirt bike accident in Colorado on April 20, Bumgarner (1-4) was mostly sharp while quieting a potent Pittsburgh lineup and ending the Pirates' seven-game winning streak at AT&T Park.

Three years after pitching a complete game to beat Pittsburgh in the NL wild card on his way to winning the 2014 World Series MVP, Bumgarner pitched out of a pair of early jams, allowed six hits and had four strikeouts.

"He did a nice job," San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said. "I'm sure he's glad to get that (first win) taken care of. Once he went five that was enough."

It's the first win by a Giants starting pitcher since July 5.

Jameson Taillon (6-4) took the loss, giving up 10 runs in three innings.

"I didn't make good pitches once they got runners on," Taillon said. "They didn't waste any time. They had a merry-go-round going."

Posey lined a single that hit second base umpire Ed Hickox in the foot and knocked him down in the fifth inning. Hickox slowly got to his feet and was attended to by a member of the Giants medical staff but remained in the game.

Giants: RHP Johnny Cueto may need to make a rehab start before rejoining the rotation. Cueto has been hindered by blisters on multiple fingers of his pitching hand, an issue that has lingered for much of the past month. The right-hander played catch from 105 feet before the game. Pablo Sandoval moved from Single-A San Jose to Triple-A Sacramento as he continues to try to work his way back into the big leagues. RHP Chris Stratton was recalled from Sacramento and IF Orlando Calixte was optioned down.

RHP Jeff Samardzija (4-11, 5.05 ERA) pitches the finale for the Giants seeking to beat Pittsburgh for the second time this season while RHP Trevor Williams (4-4, 4.74 ERA) takes the mound for the Pirates looking for his fourth win in the last five road starts.

Giants trade Eduardo Nunez to Red Sox

Giants trade Eduardo Nunez to Red Sox

Eduardo Nunez's time with the Giants is up as they have traded the third baseman to the Boston Red Sox.

The teams announced the trade shortly after the Giants beat the Pirates 11-3 on Tuesday night.

Fox Sports was the first to report the news.

The Giants will acquire minor league pitchers Shaun Anderson and Gregory Santos.

Anderson, Boston's third-round pick out of Florida in 2016, has a 3.42 ERA in 97.1 innings between Low-A Greenville and High-A Salem this season.

Santos, a 17-year-old right-handed pitcher, was signed by Boston out of the Dominican Republic in 2015. Pitching in the Dominican Summer League this season, Santos has allowed just three earned runs in 30 innings pitched.

Nunez was lifted for pinch-hitter in the bottom of the fifth inning Tuesday night and was seen hugging teammates as he left the dugout.

In 75 games with the Giants this season, Nunez hit .308/.334/.417 with 21 doubles, four home runs, 29 RBI and 17 stolen bases.

Nunez was acquired from the Twins last summer for two prospects.