Giants will announce decision on Melky Cabrera soon

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Giants will announce decision on Melky Cabrera soon

SAN FRANCISCO The Giants will make a public decision within48 hours on whether they will consider the possibility of adding Melky Cabrerato the postseason roster, manager Bruce Bochy said Tuesday.

Cabrera, who is serving a 50-game suspension after testingpositive for testosterone, would be eligible to play in the event the Giantsadvance beyond a fifth playoff game. But the distraction factor is just one ofmany angles they must consider and theyll have to decide soon.

Thats because under terms of his suspension, Cabrera iseligible to begin a minor league rehab assignment after serving the first 40games -- which would be Saturday, major league sources confirmed. Although the minor league seasons are over, Cabrera could see livepitching at the Giants minor league complex in Scottsdale, Ariz., where manyof their better prospects have gathered for instructional league.

Bochy said a decision would be announced before thehomestand concludes on Thursday.

He needs to know and we need to know, Bochy said.

This is a sticky situation because teams are not allowed toinflict further punitive measures on players after they serve suspensions forviolating the leagues drug policy. Although the Giants could leave Cabrera offthe playoff roster and easily explain it as a baseball decision, given his long layoffand the success of the club in his absence, they could face a grievance if theydo not give Cabrera the opportunity to work with prospects in an attempt toregain his form and fitness.

Although some uniformed personnel remain open minded to theidea of Cabrera boosting the club down the stretch, upper management is thoughtto be firmly against the idea, citing the level of deception involved inCabreras positive test and subsequent cover-up attempt.

Cabrera, a switch-hitting left fielder, had a .346 averageand was leading the major leagues in both hits and runs scored when hispositive test was announced Aug. 15. The Giants have gone 25-11 since thesuspension while cruising to the NL West title.

Cabrera, who was the All-Star Game MVP in July, will be afree agent after the season.

Giants notes: Belt gets start in left field; Span 'day-to-day'

Giants notes: Belt gets start in left field; Span 'day-to-day'

DENVER -- Brandon Belt spent some time Sunday morning playing balls off the wall at Coors Field to get accustomed to life as a left fielder. He used to borrow Javier Lopez's glove, but with Lopez retired, Belt snagged a Chad Chop BP glove. It's an outfield glove that Chop said was a gift from Tim Lincecum, and it's apparently from Japanese Nike, whatever that means. 

Belt looked back fondly on his one day in left field last year in Arizona. 

"I was amazing," he said. "I had one Defensive Run Saved."

It's true, he did. Belt made a nice running catch that he brought up as reporters were talking to Denard Span.

"I don't remember that," Span said. 

"I ran into the fence but I stayed in the game," Belt replied. 

Span smiled and admitted he had no comeback. An X-ray came back negative after Span's collision Saturday, and he's hopeful he'll only miss a few days. If it's more than that, the Giants will put him on the 10-day DL. Span had a similar issue with his SC joint in 2012 and missed several weeks. 

"It's a little sore," he said. "Right now I'm day-to-day. The good thing is I've got range of motion."

Span said he immediately thought of Jarrett Parker as he hit the wall. He knew the injury wasn't as bad as Parker's, but "I knew something didn't feel right."

With Span out, Gorkys Hernandez starts in center and Hunter Pence is the backup there. This could be the start of some serious roster juggling. Bochy said the staff has talked about getting Belt more time in left so Buster Posey and Nick Hundley, who is swinging it well, can both start. Eduardo Nuñez is one possibility. Michael Morse and Mac Williamson are not ready yet. Drew Stubbs could be the first one up; he has looked great, according to the reports Bochy is getting. 

"We'll go day-to-day and see how it goes," Bochy said. 

--- If you missed it last night, Bochy isn't thrilled with his starting pitchers, and for good reason. You can talk about Hernandez and Chris Marrero and all that until you're blue in the face, but the resources have been spent on the rotation, and it's been an issue on and off field.

 

In series of roster moves, Mariners call up former Giants pitcher

In series of roster moves, Mariners call up former Giants pitcher

Chris Heston is back in the major leagues.

The former Giants pitcher was recalled as part of a flurry of roster moves by the struggling Mariners prior to Sunday's game against the A's in Oakland.

First baseman Dan Vogelbach was also recalled, while outfielder Leonys Martin was designated for assignment and pitcher Chase De Jong was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma.

Heston was traded by the Giants to Mariners in December for a player to be named later.

In parts of three seasons with the Giants, Heston went 13-12 with a 4.16 ERA and 148 strikeouts in 188 innings.