SAN FRANCISCO – Giants manager Bruce Bochy, in praising right-hander Jake Peavy, called him “like a Hunter Pence on the mound.”
Sounds like a balk waiting to happen, right? Except Bochy was lauding Peavy’s intensity and all-out nature, not his biomechanics.
“He may get beat but he’ll leave everything out on the field,” Bochy said. “He’s full bore in everything he does.”
The Giants are far from full strength as Peavy makes his Giants debut Sunday against the Dodgers. Here are some quick health updates:
--Matt Cain hasn’t picked up a baseball and is likely to get a fresh set of scans to figure out what’s going on with his inflamed right elbow. The Giants do not know if Cain will pitch again this season.
--Brandon Belt is “still feeling it” eight days after he sustained a concussion when struck by a thrown ball in batting practice. He’ll be examined on Sunday, along with catcher Hector Sanchez. Neither have been cleared to resume any athletic activities.
--Angel Pagan, who has complained of back soreness, is taking batting practice and running in Arizona. Bochy was hopeful that by Monday or Tuesday, Pagan would clear himself to begin a minor league rehab assignment. Although GM Brian Sabean said he’s hopeful Pagan will return on the next road trip, which begins Friday in New York, Bochy said he won’t have any clear timetable until Pagan begins playing minor league games. This situation continues to be puzzling, to say the least.