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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Michael Morse and Hunter Pence formed a full-fledged bromance this spring. They follow each other everywhere.
Unfortunately for the Giants, that includes the trainer’s room.
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Both Morse and Pence will be scratched from Sunday’s lineups with what are believed to be minor ailments. Morse felt tightness in his calf and made an early exit from Friday’s game against the Royals at Surprise. Pence told Manager Bruce Bochy that he felt discomfort in his left elbow when taking a swing on Friday.
“We got Morse out in time,” Bochy said. “He could play but he was a little sore and they think in a couple days he’ll be fine. With Pence, we’ll wait and see tomorrow how he’s doing.”
Bochy said to his knowledge, no tests have been performed or scheduled on Pence’s elbow.
Morse and Pence are alike in many respects, but durability is not something they have in common. Pence started all 162 games last season; Morse missed time with a sore wrist and a strained quad last season and has amassed 500 plate appearances just once in his career.
Keeping Morse healthy is a major key to boosting an offense that was way too inconsistent last season.
Notes: Bochy is bringing most of his regulars – Buster Posey, Pablo Sandoval, Brandon Belt, Angel Pagan – to the Sunday squad that will face the Dodgers at Camelback Ranch. Was it to get a free look at Clayton Kershaw? “No, that’s the way I already planned to go,” Bochy said. Lefty Edwin Escobar gets the start at Glendale. Madison Bumgarner will stay back to start for the home squad, which will take on a “Futures” team of Giants prospects. … Sergio Romo didn’t retire any of the five Seattle batters he faced on Saturday, giving up three hits and two walks – one of which came with the bases loaded. He’s allowed 11 hits in 3-plus innings this spring as he continues to bypass his slider to focus on his fastball and changeup. Bochy insisted nothing is physically the matter with his closer. … There weren’t many positives to find after the Giants’ 18-3 loss to the Mariners on Sunday, but Bochy lauded the way catcher Andrew Susac held up through six long innings. “He did a nice job blocking balls,” Bochy said. … In case you missed it on Twitter, Brandon Crawford and his wife, Jalynne, welcomed their second daughter. Their girls are named Braylyn and Jaydyn. If they have a boy, it’s got to be Lyndon, right?