Mike Krukow expects Jimmy Rollins to make Giants' Opening Day roster

Mike Krukow expects Jimmy Rollins to make Giants' Opening Day roster

On Monday, the Giants signed Jimmy Rollins to a minor-league contract.

Will he be on the team's 2017 Opening Day roster?

“I think he will be there," Mike Krukow declared on KNBR 680 on Tuesday morning. "I've always loved the guy. I've loved him for all the things that he does on and off the field. He's just a good solid citizen.

"This would be a significant chance for him because when he left the Phillies and he went to the Dodgers, he was in his own mind an everyday player. Even last year when he signed with the White Sox, in his mind he was an everyday player. Well now he knows by taking this offer from the Giants that it's not gonna be for an everyday role.

"When you come to that conclusion as a player that your role has changed and you're no longer an everyday player, you start to learn how to do it. You start to learn how to be a bench player. I think that this guy has a lot to give baseball and a lot to give a team still.

"And it's the kind of player that you want if your team has basically declared it has a chance to win, which the Giants have done, certainly by adding Melancon.

"When you bring in Jimmy Rollins -- that's a component that they haven’t really had in the last several years. That’s a real veteran who can come off the bench late and help. I like the add.

"It’s just a matter of can he make the team and I don’t have any doubt that he can. So I'm anticipating that in April he’s gonna be there and he’s gonna be a big part of this 2017 Giants team.”

Rollins appeared in only 41 games with the White Sox last season, after hitting .221 over 144 appearances for the Dodgers in 2015.

In 2007, Rollins hit .296 with 30 home runs and 94 RBI en route to claiming the NL MVP.

He will be competing against Kelby Tomlinson and Ehire Adrianza for a roster spot.

"You're definitely gonna keep one of the two," Krukow said. "The pressure put on Adrianza and Tomlinson, well as it should be. Adrianza is a switch-hitting guy; he always seems to get a little bit better. But I don't know.

"If you go straight up, who's the better guy? Do you take Tomlinson?  He's got a lot to offer, plus he's been pretty clutch. Some of the at-bats that he's given the Giants in his young career, he's been a guy that's made a difference. I can't say that about Adrianza's at-bats. 

"So there's gonna be big-time competition for it and may the best man win."
 

Blach only lasts three innings as Giants get mashed by Mets in loss

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Blach only lasts three innings as Giants get mashed by Mets in loss

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In only three innings of work, Ty Blach saw 12 runners reach base and seven cross home plate as the Giants fell to the Mets Friday at home, 11-4. 

The Mets finished Blach with 11 hits and he finished with no strikeouts. He is now 4-5 with a 4.86 ERA. 

Steven Okert, in his first game back from Triple-A, saw three more runs scored on him out of the bullpen. 

At the plate, Denard Span, Joe Panik and Austin Slater all had two-hit games. 

The Giants were out-hit 20-8. They are now 27-49. 

Morse reveals he barely remembers Harper-Strickland brawl after concussion

Morse reveals he barely remembers Harper-Strickland brawl after concussion

Giants reliever Hunter Strickland received a six-game suspension for his involvement in a May 29 benches-clearing brawl with Bryce Harper and the Nationals. Harper originally was suspended for four games before winning his appeal and served a three-game suspension. 

But the player who has lost the most amont of time came sprinting from first base trying to break up the melee. 

Michael Morse clashed heads with Jeff Samardzija and went crashing down. He has been out since with concussion symptoms and revealed Friday he barely remembers anything from the fight, according to the San Francisco Chronicle

After missing nearly a month of games, Morse feels much better, though effects from the concussion are still there. Every day Morse goes to Stanford for testing and therapy and still deals with lingering symptoms like dizziness once he raises his heartbeat and headaches. 

If Morse ever joins the reeling Giants is a question in itself. 

San Francisco currently has the second-worst record in baseball at 27-48 behind only the Phillies and have already started to shift to younger players. No matter, the 35-year-old Morse wants to be a part of the team. 

"You know me," Morse said to reporters before Friday's game. "Whatever happens, happens. I'm a happy-go-lucky guy. I'm happy to be with these guys. They're going through such hard times.

"I want to be with them, if not on the field, then off the field, helping them mentally if not physically."

In 24 games this season, Morse is batting .194 with just one home run. If his time has come to an end, the one home run was one to remember. 

Morse, in his first game back with the Giants since 2014 launched a pinch-hit solo home run to tie the game in the bottom of the eighth inning against the Dodgers on April 26. The fan-favorite raised his hands at the crack of the bat, bringing back memories of Game 5 of the 2014 NLCS.