SAN FRANCISCO – Tim Hudson stayed on track to pitch in the Giants’ next series at Coors Field. Manager Bruce Bochy hopes he’ll have leadoff hitter Angel Pagan ready to face the Rockies, too.
Pagan went for an MRI exam on his left shoulder, which he jammed while coming up short on a diving attempt in center field Saturday night. Bochy said the preliminary diagnosis was just a bruise but doctors hadn’t reviewed the test results yet.
Bochy didn’t rule out Pagan being available to pinch-hit or enter on a double-switch; he’s operating with a three-man bench otherwise.
Pagan didn’t have his arm wrapped or in a sling as he performed clubhouse errands Sunday morning.
As for Hudson, he threw roughly 70 pitches off flat ground and said his strained left hip continues to improve. He decided to push back his bullpen mound session until Tuesday because he normally throws it two days before he starts. He remains penciled in to take the ball Thursday at Coors Field.
“Barring any setbacks, I don’t think there will be any issues,” Hudson said.
Hudson came back from his throwing session with his forehead glistening. Did he mix in a few wind sprints at the end?
“Nah, I’m just out of shape,” he joked. “There are a lot of stairs there coming up from the field.”
One other injury update concerns Brandon Belt, and in case you spotted him in the dugout Saturday night with a helmet over his fractured thumb, here’s the back story:
Belt was in the dugout Friday when first baseman Michael Morse tossed a warm-up ball toward the dugout that took a hard bounce off the dirt – and hit Belt on his injured thumb.
“It did not feel good,” Belt said.
What are the odds that could happen?
“I’d put it at 2-to-1,” Bochy said. “It’s Belt.”
Belt has multiple fractures in the thumb and it’ll be at least three more weeks before the two pins inserted to stabilize the area can be removed. In the meantime, he has a bulky cast and wrap on his hand – and it’s inspired a new clubhouse nickname.
“We call him ‘Chubs,’” Bochy said. “You know, from `Happy Gilmore.’”