SAN DIEGO – Jeremy Affeldt still has a few bars to clear as he finishes his rehab work from a strained groin. He still has to take part in pitcher’s fielding practice, for instance.
But he was pleased with how he felt after throwing 30 pitches in two simulated innings Tuesday, and 20 more warmups.
“I didn’t hit anyone,” Affeldt said.
Wait till fielding practice, I said.
“Good point,” he replied.
The absence of Affeldt’s glib presence has made the clubhouse a quieter place while he’s been in Arizona trying to heal up. Even before the groin injury July 20, he wasn’t having the kind of year that either he or the Giants expected after he signed a three-year, $18 million deal two weeks after the World Series parade.
He’s issued 4.6 walks per nine innings, his highest rate since he was with the Rockies in 2007. His 5.7 strikeouts per nine innings was his lowest rate since 2006.
Like Angel Pagan, though, Affeldt said finishing the season with a healthy, productive September would give him peace of mind as he goes into the winter.
“With all the guys here, there probably won’t be a ton of appearances for me,” Affeldt said. “But it’d be big just to know where I’ll be starting from.”
As long as Affeldt recovers well, he'd throw another simulated session on Friday.
Two call-ups, Juan Perez and Johnny Monell, both hail from the Bronx. And yes, they’re fully aware the Giants have a trip to Yankee Stadium in a little more than two weeks.
Perez wasn’t drafted out of Clinton DeWitt High School so he played in a men’s league, El Caribe, in the shadow of old Yankee Stadium. Now he gets to go inside.
Giants manager Bruce Bochy said he’ll rotate Perez, Peguero and Roger Kieschnick through left field, but in general, he plans to continue to play regulars in September