Giants notes: Sandoval a full go, Casilla unavailable

Giants notes: Sandoval a full go, Casilla unavailable
May 12, 2013, 12:30 pm
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Pablo Sandoval left Saturday's game in double switch after he was hit by a pitch in the right forearm. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

I know she's in heaven watching me play, and I just want to dedicate this day to here.
—Gregor Blanco on his mother

SAN FRANCISCO -- Pablo Sandoval had X-rays after he was hit by a pitch in the right forearm Saturday, but he won't miss any time, not on this Sunday. Sandoval, who is batting and playing third, was already wearing his bright pink cleats and donning his pink accessories in the clubhouse hours before game time.

"He's fine," manager Bruce Bochy confirmed.

With Sandoval active, the only player who will be unavailable to Bochy in the series finale against the Braves is set-up man Santiago Casilla.

"Not today," Casilla said when asked if he was available. "I'll pitch in Toronto."

Casilla left last Wednesday's game early when the cyst in his right knee acted up. He threw off a mound Sunday morning while wearing his new brace, which he will continue to wear when he returns to game action. It's different than braces he's worn in the past, and Casilla prefers the performance his new protection gives him.

Even without their regular set-up man, the Giants bullpen should be well rested after Matt Cain and Madison Bumgarner completed eight and seven innings, respectively, in their starts against the Braves the past two days.

The Giants will travel to Toronto after Sunday's game and have all of Monday off north of the border to acclimate. They extra day off is giving both Casilla and Bochy confidence that he'll be ready to return against Melky Cabrera and the Blue Jays.

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"It's calming down, so that's good news," Bochy said. "He should be good to go in Toronto."

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The Giants clubhouse is splashed with pink on this special Sunday at AT&T Park, as the MLB players will wear an array of colored equipment to honor Mother's Day and raise awareness for breast cancer.

It's a special day every year for Bochy, whose mother Melrose Rose Williams Bochy passed away in March of 2007, around the time of his first spring training with the Giants.

"She played a big part in my baseball life," Bochy recalled. "With my father being in the services, he was gone quite a bit. And she would get out there and play ball with us. She actually coached the little league team a little bit. You know, she had to deal with polio, but she still got out there and ran around with us -- threw batting practice to us.

"This is a day I'll be thankful for having such a great mom."

Bochy isn't alone.

Starting left fielder Gregor Blanco has worn a pink bracelet every day this season to honor his mother, whose life was claimed seven years ago by brain cancer.

"It means a lot to everybody here," Blanco said. "I know she's in heaven watching me play, and I just want to dedicate this day to her."

Blanco is proud to wear the additional pink equipment, and beamed when he said there was no doubt he was using the pink Louisville Slugger in all his Sunday at-bats.

Following its game action Sunday, the pink bats and commemorative equipment will be auctioned off to raised funds for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

NOTES: On May 8, 1914, the U.S. Congress passed a law designating the second Sunday in May as Mother's Day. A day later, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation declaring the first national Mother's Day.

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