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Report: Giants bring back Morse on minor-league deal

Report: Giants bring back Morse on minor-league deal

While the Giants haven't been heavy spenders for another bat this offseaon, it appears a familiar face is headed back to the franchise. 

San Francisco reportedly signed first baseman Michael Morse to a minor-league deal, according to Matt Eddy of Baseball America. The team also reportedly officially signed infielder Jimmy Rollins and also outfielder Justin Ruggiano, both to minor-league deals as well. 

Morse spent one season of his 12-year career with the Giants, making his presence felt in 2014. In 131 games played, Morse hit .279/.336/.475 with 16 home runs. 

Before the Giants went on to win the World Series in 2014, Morse helped propel them to the Fall Classic for his heroics in Game 5 of the NLCS against the Cardinals. Down 3-2 in the bottom of the eighth inning, Morse came off the bench as a pinch-hitter and hit a high blast off Pat Neshek, tying the game up a three runs apiece before Travis Ishikawa's game-winner in the ninth. 

Over his 12-year career, Morse is a .276/.332/.460 hitter with 104 home runs.

Strickland hammered by Phils, Giants officially eliminated from NL West contention

Strickland hammered by Phils, Giants officially eliminated from NL West contention

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Rookie Rhys Hoskins homered again and Pedro Florimon contributed with his bat and arm, sending the Philadelphia Phillies over the San Francisco Giants 5-2 Sunday.

Hoskins connected for a solo drive in the ninth inning, making him the first Phillies player in at least 100 years to hit five home runs in his first 11 major league games.

Florimon had a two-run single off Hunter Strickland (2-3) to cap a three-run eighth inning that made it 4-2. Florimon also had an RBI double off starter Madison Bumgarner in the second, then made a sparkling defensive play in left field to throw out Buster Posey at the plate in the bottom half of the inning.

Adam Morgan (2-1) retired three batters to win, a day after throwing just one pitch and getting the victory.

Hector Neris pitched 1 1/3 innings for his 15th save. He struck out Pablo Sandoval with the bases loaded to end the eighth after hitting Buster Posey in the back with a pitch, then fanned Denard Span with two on in the ninth to end it.

The Phillies won the season series against the Giants for the first time since 2011.

Bumgarner allowed one run and four hits in six innings. He stayed in despite taking a sharp line drive off his left shin in the second inning by Nick Williams - earlier this month, Williams hit Mets ace Jacob deGrom in the triceps with a line drive, forcing him from the game.

The Phillies trailed 2-1 going into the eighth. Hoskins and Franco hit consecutive one-out singles before Jorge Alfaro tied it with an RBI single. After Williams singled to load the bases, Florimon slapped a 1-2 pitch into right field.

Posey had two hits and an RBI, extending his hitting streak against the Phillies to 22 games. Kelby Tomlinson scored a run and Ryder Jones doubled and scored for San Francisco.

TRAINER'S ROOM:
Giants: 2B Joe Panik (concussion symptoms) continues to make steady progress and could come off the disabled list in time to join San Francisco on its upcoming road trip that begins Friday in Arizona.

UP NEXT:
Phillies: The team gets an off day before hosting Miami in a doubleheader Tuesday. RHP Dan Straily (7-8, 3.80 ERA) pitches in the first game while RHP Jose Urena (11-5, 3.61 ERA) goes in the nightcap.

Giants: RHP Chris Stratton (1-2, 4.91 ERA) faces Milwaukee on Monday.

Bochy updates status of Belt, Panik in concussion recoveries

Bochy updates status of Belt, Panik in concussion recoveries

The Giants' right side of the infield is currently on the shelf due to each dealing with a concussion. Joe Panik, who sustained his concussion more rently than Brandon Belt, is far ahead in a return date to the Giants. 

Panik ran sprints at AT&T Park on Sunday. He also took 50 swings between working off a tee and soft toss from a coach. The second baseman says if he feels well enough, he will take batting practice on the field Monday. 

"I’m not dealing with any balance issues," Panik said to the San Francisco Chronicle on Sunday. "I hope to pick up where I left off."

Panik has been out since Aug. 13. When trying to score a run on the road against the Nationals, a throw struck him near his temple while sliding into home plate. He still stayed in the game. 

Last season, Panik missed time with a concussion after being hit in the head by then-Rays pitcher Matt Moore.

Belt is in a different stage than Panik. He is limited to work in the gym and light cardio for now. 

"With Belt, the best way I can describe it is, he's doing OK," manager Bruce Bochy said before Sunday's game. "He's doing cardio up to the point he needs to stop. He's not at a stage where he can push it right now."

Belt now has four career concussions between college and the pros. After taking a pitch to the head against D'backs rookie Anthony Banda, Belt immediately went down and has been out since that game on Aug. 4. 

Bochy expects Panik back soon, but not before the Giants' homestand ends on Wednesday. Belt's retun to the field this season is still in question.