Pagan hurts hand with frustration punch, Huff reinjures knee

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Pagan hurts hand with frustration punch, Huff reinjures knee

SAN FRANCISCO How frustrating was the Giants 8-7,10-inning slopfest of a loss to the New York Mets on Monday night

It claimed Angel Pagans right hand, too.

Pagan was replaced to start the seventh inning because hebruised his right hand while punching something in frustration, Giants managerBruce Bochy said.

He snapped after one at-bat, Bochy said of Pagan, whostruck out twice and angrily flipped his bat after hitting a fly out rightfield. I dont know what he hit. Well check on him tomorrow.

Pagan did not go for X-rays and its believed the injury isnot serious.

The center fielder is hitting .210 with a .244 on-basepercentage and no home runs in July, and he clearly isnt happy about it. Hegot ejected for arguing the strike zone on the last road trip after battlingwith umpires for several games prior to that.

With Pablo Sandoval on the disabled list, the Giants continueto bat Pagan fifth to protect Buster Posey in the lineup.

Aubrey Huffcould be headed back to the disabled list as well after reinjuring his kneewhile running down the line on a potential double-play grounder that the Metsbotched. Huff, who was pinch hitting for Madison Bumgarner, was removed for apinch runner (Matt Cain).

Ill have more for you tomorrow,Bochy said. Thats a concern. He wasnt getting down the line good. He hurthis knee again. Well see what were going to do there.

Huff injured his knee when he fell while trying to jump overthe dugout rail to celebrate Cains perfect game on June 13.

We'll see if the Giants make a trade or two ahead of Tuesday's 1 p.m. (PDT) non-waiver deadline that would necessitate freeing up a roster space with Huff.

Giants use big fifth, sixth innings to take down Cubs

Giants use big fifth, sixth innings to take down Cubs

BOX SCORE

At Scottsdale, Arizona, Giants starter Matt Cain gave up two runs — one earned — and three hits over two innings.

New Giants closer Mark Melancon tossed a 1-2-3 third inning in his first outing. Cain threw 40 pitches and Justin Ruggiano had an RBI double in a three-run fifth.

Javier Baez went 2 for 3 with an RBI double.

Giants spring training Day 13: Cain goes two; Melancon has perfect debut

Giants spring training Day 13: Cain goes two; Melancon has perfect debut

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Bruce Bochy planned to give most of his pitchers one-inning stints during the first weekend of spring ball, but Matt Cain stretched it out to 40 pitches on Saturday. 

“I’ve had enough days off the past couple of years,” Cain said, smiling.

In his first start of a crucial spring, Cain threw two innings. He was charged with three hits and two runs, just one of them earned. 

“He’s in a good place right now with his arm strength,” Bochy said. “His delivery is consistent. I’m glad he got a lot of work today, to be honest. It’s something he needs as much as anybody on this staff, is work. He’s going to get it.”

Ty Blach, Cain’s biggest competition for the fifth starter spot, gave up four hits and one earned in his two innings. Neither pitcher was hit particularly hard, and both suffered a bit from iffy defense in the early innings of an 8-6 win over the Cubs. 

The inning separating Cain and Blach was notable for other reasons. Mark Melancon made his Giants debut, getting two groundouts and a fly to right in a quick inning. Melancon received a nice ovation, and he noted the opponent — a Cubs team that helped guarantee the Giants would spend big on a closer — but he didn’t put any added importance on the outing. 

“It doesn’t matter what I do out there right now,” he said. 

Melancon’s new teammates might disagree. Spring or not, the Giants certainly enjoyed watching a closer breeze through his inning. Especially against the Cubs. 

“He’s a pro,” Bochy said. “He’s going to be out there working on stuff, his command and pitches. It was good for Buster (Posey) to catch him. It was a good day for him.”

NOTABLE: On his first swing of the spring, Posey threw his bat up against the visiting dugout. It can only go uphill from there … Bryan Morris had a scoreless debut, striking out one … Josh Osich ran into some trouble in the eighth and gave up a pair of runs, but Bochy appreciated the way he fought his way out of the frame … Former Giants prospect Chris Dominguez started for the Cubs at first base. He had a couple of hits ... If you're headed to Goodyear for tomorrow's game, Joe Panik, Brandon Belt, Conor Gillaspie, Jimmy Rollins, Mac Williamson, Jarrett Parker, Gorkys Hernandez and Trevor Brown will start behind Matt Moore. Also, if you're headed to Goodyear, I'm sorry. 

TRAINER’S ROOM: Eduardo Nuñez is limited to DH duty for now because of a sore throwing shoulder. Nuñez said the tightness popped up after some work in the weight room, but he’s not concerned at all. He said he would have played third base if Saturday’s game was a regular season contest. The Giants expect him in the field sometime next week. 

Nuñez also said it took five weeks after the season ended for his hamstring to get back to 100 percent, so apparently that injury was much worse than it first looked. Nuñez was out on the field before every NLDS game, trying to get clearance to return. He never quite got there. 

Will Smith (elbow) is just a day or two from throwing off flat ground, Bochy said. 

CUETO UPDATE: The Giants had hoped to have Johnny Cueto in camp this weekend, but he remains in Boca Chica, Dominican Republic. Cueto is waiting for a visa for his ill father, Domingo, who will travel to Scottsdale with Johnny. 

LIGHTER SIDE: Brandon Crawford spent a couple of minutes learning some of Jeff Samardzija’s mound moves. The impersonation is pretty solid.