SAN FRANCISCO – Hunter Pence is flattered, and a bit flabbergasted, at all the attention his stolen scooter has received.
But he’s ready to move on. And within a couple weeks, he’ll be moving down The Embarcadero on the replacement scooter he has on order with Giants clubhouse chef Joe Day.
The new scooter will be different than the first one, with more customizations including references to his favorite Mortal Kombat character. He’s planning to hide a GPS on it, too.
He’ll have a new scooter – and he’s ready for a new news cycle, too.
“I can’t believe I’m really having to answer these questions and you’re really writing them down,” Pence said. “It’s time to focus on more important things, like the game.
Matt Cain will be glad to get things back to normal, too. He’s scheduled to throw off a bullpen mound Wednesday and Giants manager Bruce Bochy anticipates being able to slot him back into the rotation when his turn comes up Saturday at St. Louis. Cain’s strained right hamstring keeps making steady improvement, so the current thought is that he’ll end up missing just the one start.
Santiago Casilla’s hamstring strain landed him on the DL, but he’s optimistic he will be back earlier than the prescribed four-week recovery time. Casilla already is playing catch.
One lineup change. Brandon Hicks gets a day after going 0 for 10 with seven strikeouts over his previous three games.
Finally, Bochy said Hector Sanchez is available off the bench one day after taking a bad foul tip to the mask that left him “very dizzy” but without a concussion, according to the medical staff. Bochy acknowledged the head shots are more of an issue for catchers now than they used to be, saying he didn’t feel affected by them during his playing career.
The masks are lighter these days and many catchers, including Sanchez and Buster Posey, use the hockey style because it offers more protection. It also might rattle more upon impact, though. Test after test has shown an inconclusive difference between the hockey mask and the traditional two-piece.