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.

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways as homers hurt Bumgarner vs Padres

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways as homers hurt Bumgarner vs Padres

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SAN FRANCISCO — A day after he did his press conference from a “Game of Thrones” throne, manager Bruce Bochy said he was happy the Giants won their series finale against the Indians and kept that plan in play. In that respect, he’s lucky his team wasn’t facing the Padres on Wednesday. 

The Giants were on Thursday, however, and they continued their baffling stretch of ineptitude against what is supposed to be the worst team in the National League West. The 5-2 loss to San Diego was the 15th in the last 20 meetings between the two teams, one of which has a $200 million payroll and the other of which is actively tanking. 

The Giants had a shot at a comeback in the eighth, but Buster Posey flied out to right with two outs and the bases loaded. Here are five things to know, if you are the curious type: 

—- Madison Bumgarner has faced the Padres twice since returning. In 13 1/3 innings, he has allowed 10 hits and seven earned runs. He is getting hurt by a familiar problem for the 2017 Giants: The Padres have four homers off Bumgarner in those two starts. Hunter Renfroe and Cory Spangenberg took him deep Thursday, with Spangenberg hitting one out to the deepest part of the yard on Bumgarner’s final pitch. 

—- This is the first time in Bumgarner’s career that he has allowed multiple homers in back-to-back starts. 

—- Kyle Crick showed good stuff — sitting 96-97 — while stranding a runner on second in the eighth. He followed that with a scoreless ninth. The Giants should make it a priority to throw him into some deeper water over the next two months. 

—- There’s an epidemic these days of outfielders making foolish throws to the plate. We see it just about every night, and it cost the Padres in the sixth. Gorkys Hernandez was on second and he took off right away on Denard Span’s single to right. Renfroe had no play at the plate but he threw it anyway and Span took second. He scored when Eduardo Nuñez singled to left. 

—- The Giants announced their second consecutive sellout. That’s a streak. Maybe? 

Giants lineup: Nunez returns, batting second vs Padres

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Giants lineup: Nunez returns, batting second vs Padres

Amidst trade rumors, Eduardo Nunez is back in the lineup for the Giants Thursday night against the Padres.

San Diego Padres (40-54)

1. Jose Pirela (R) 2B
2. Matt Szczur (R) CF
3. Wil Myers (R) 1B
4. Jabari Blash (R) LF
5. Hunter Renfroe (R) RF
6. Erick Aybar (S) SS
7. Cory Spangenberg (L) 3B
8. Luis Torrens (R) C
9. Jhoulys Chacin (R) P

San Francisco Giants (37-59)

1. Denard Span (L) CF
2. Eduardo Nunez (R) 3B
3. Brandon Belt (L) 1B
4. Buster Posey (R) C
5. Brandon Crawford (L) SS
6. Hunter Pence (R) RF
7. Joe Panik (L) 2B
8. Gorkys Hernandez (R) LF
9. Madison Bumgarner (R) P