Melancon trolls with 'Players Weekend' jersey, and he'll be back right in time


Melancon trolls with 'Players Weekend' jersey, and he'll be back right in time

SAN FRANCISCO — As part of a “Players Weekend” initiative, MLB asked players to choose a nickname that will be displayed on the back of their jerseys from August 25-27. Kyle Seager of the Mariners went with “Corey’s Brother.” Josh Phegley of the A’s is “PTBNL.” In the Giants’ clubhouse, there are choices like “Mad-Bum” and “Tommy.”

Mark Melancon decided to troll a bit and have some fun with a “controversy” that erupted randomly this season. Melancon will wear “Stretch” on his jersey for three games, a reference to the Fox Sports story earlier this season that insisted the Giants were derailed in part by Melancon’s choice to change the pre-game stretching routine for the relievers. 

The good news for the Giants is that Melancon should actually be back on the field in time to wear that custom jersey. He will travel with the Giants to Washington D.C. this weekend and could be activated. Melancon threw a sharp inning for the San Jose Giants last night, striking out two. 

“He’ll be reevaluated Friday,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “It seems he came out of that fine, which is good news.”

It’s possible Melancon throws one more time for Double-A Richmond, close to Washington D.C. He also could throw a simulated game if he feels he needs more work. Whenever he returns, Melancon could have a different role at first. Bochy said he would meet with Melancon and Sam Dyson, who has been a revelation as the interim closer. 

“It’s a workable situation,” Bochy said. “It’s just a matter of what to do with Mark initially.”

--- Elsewhere on the injury front: An MRI showed that Miguel Gomez has knee inflammation; he is day to day ... Austin Slater (groin) is doing so well that he'll go to Arizona this weekend to rehab; Bochy expects him back in September ... Brandon Belt (concussion) will see team doctors today. He will not travel with the team. 

Giants lineup: After 10 runs vs Phillies, Bochy sticks with his guys


Giants lineup: After 10 runs vs Phillies, Bochy sticks with his guys

The Giants scored early and often Friday night, giving Bruce Bochy no reason to switch anything up Saturday in San Francisco.

Philadelphia Phillies (43-77)

1. Cesar Hernandez (S) 2B
2. Freddy Galvis (S) SS
3. Nick Williams (L) CF
4. Rhys Hoskins (R) LF
5. Maikel Franco (R) 3B
6. Jorge Alfaro (R) 1B
7. Cameron Rupp (R) C
8. Cameron Perkins (R) RF
9. Jerad Eickhoff (R) P

San Francisco Giants (50-74)

1. Denard Span (L) CF
2. Hunter Pence (R) RF
3. Jarrett Parker (L) LF
4. Buster Posey (R) C
5. Pablo Sandoval (S) 3B
6. Brandon Crawford (L) SS
7. Ryder Jones (L) 1B
8. Kelby Tomlinson (R) 2B
9. Ty Blach (R) P

Giants outfielder, UVA alum reacts to Charlottesville: 'Shocking and absurd'


Giants outfielder, UVA alum reacts to Charlottesville: 'Shocking and absurd'

While it has been a week since white supremacists marched on the University of Virginia campus and clashed with protestors in Charlottesville, Va., Giants outfielder Jarrett Parker still cannot believe what happened. 

Parker, who played college baseball at UVA from 2008-2010, spoke on the events Saturday before the Giants' game in San Francisco. 

"It was a huge shock for me," Parker said to the San Francisco Chronicle. "I just think in this day and age it's ridiculous that there's still stuff like this going on." 

While seeing such racial injustices displayed in 2017 shocked Parker, he was just as appalled at where the events took place.

When asked if he believed Charlottesville was a welcoming community, Parker said, "Oh, goodness. Of course. The whole thing is pretty shocking and absurd to me.

"I don't think Charlottesville can be in any way described as a place where that's acceptable or goes on in any way. I still have a (former Virginia) teammate who lives there, and my college coaches. I'm sure they're just as shocked as anybody."

Parker, 28, is in his third season with the Giants. Through 23 games this year, he is batting .267 with one home run and eight doubles.