Runzler flying to Florida for tests on last muscle

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Runzler flying to Florida for tests on last muscle

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Left-hander Dan Runzler will leave camp on Sunday for Pensacola, Fla., where he will seek a consultation with Dr. James Andrews regarding his strained lat muscle in the back of his shoulder.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy said the initial recommendation is that Runzler miss three to four weeks before he begins throwing again. The club will wait to see if Dr. Andrews concurs with that opinion before plotting out a schedule for Runzler.

Runzler aggravated the lat injury 20 pitches into a bullpen session a few days ago. He originally strained the lat in the final regular season game last season.

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"I felt a pull on the shoulder where I hurt it before," Runzler said. "We'll get some different opinions."

Initial MRI results showed that Runzler's rotator cuff and labrum are intact. Surgery is very rare for a lat strain but isn't being ruled out completely, Runzler said. His visit with Dr. Andrews is more to establish a timeline to begin throwing again.

"Right now it's hard to make any more comments because we don't know the extent of it," Runzler said.

Runzler needed a strong spring to win the final spot in the bullpen. He's almost certainly out of that competition now. Normally, a lat strain will sideline a pitcher for roughly six weeks.

Giants DFA RHP Neil Ramirez, call up RHP Bryan Morris from Triple-A

Giants DFA RHP Neil Ramirez, call up RHP Bryan Morris from Triple-A

The Giants designated right-handed reliever Neil Ramirez Sunday and purchased the contract of right-handed reliever Bryan Morris from Triple-A in a corresponding move, the team announced.  

Ramirez appeared in nine games for the Giants this season. In 10.1 innings pitched, he went 0-0 with a 13.06 ERA. 

Morris has spent time with both the San Jose Giants and Sacramento River Cats this season. Between the two levels, Morris is 1-0 with 0.00 ERA in five games. 

The 30-year-old fractured his right foot in spring training during a live batting practice drill. Over five years in the majors, Morris is 18-12 with a 2.80 ERA. 

Giants lineup: Nunez leading off, playing shortstop vs Padres

Giants lineup: Nunez leading off, playing shortstop vs Padres

As Bruce Bochy continues to move around his order, Eduardo Nunez is up to the leadoff spot Sunday against the Padres.

San Diego Padres (10-16)

1. Manuel Margot (R) CF
2. Erick Aybar (S) SS
3. Wil Myers (R) 1B
4. Yangervis Solarte (S) 2B
5. Austin Hedges (R) C
6. Ryan Schimpf (L) 3B
7. Hunter Renfroe (R) RF
8. Jabari Blash (R) LF
9. Clayton Richard (L) P

San Francisco Giants (9-16)

1. Eduardo Nunez (R) SS
2. Brandon Belt (L) LF
3. Hunter Pence (R) RF
4. Buster Posey (R) C
5. Michael Morse (R) 1B
6. Christian Arroyo (R) 3B
7. Joe Panik (L) 2B
8. Gorkys Hernandez (R) CF
9. Ty Blach (R) P