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Runzler gets reassuring opinion, will avoid surgery

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Runzler gets reassuring opinion, will avoid surgery

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. Dan Runzlers return flight from Floridasure beat the fretful outbound leg.
After several days of mental turbulence, Runzler received good newsduring his consultation with Dr. James Andrews over the weekend in Pensacola,Fla. He only aggravated his latissimus dorsi muscle in a bullpen session andwont require surgery. He could be back in as little as four weeks.REWIND: Runzler flying to Florida for tests on lat muscle
It definitely put my head at ease, Runzler said. Hecompared the MRIs before and after and said it was just a small aggravation.Its not like I re-did it. He was very optimistic.Runzler tore his lat muscle in the final regular-season gamelast year. His intial bullpen sessions had gone well before he felt somethinggrab in the back of his shoulder near the armpit in his last session.The latissimus dorsi is a large muscle that extends down theback. Former San Diego Padres ace Jake Peavy required surgery to repair histear. Andrews said Runzler wouldnt require a procedure, citing the fact thatPeavys muscle had retracted down his side.Mine didnt, Runzler said. He thinks some scar tissuepopped. So were going to concentrate on stretching it more and more so itdoesnt harden over. The strength tests were good and it feels good right now.Runzler will get on another flight to San Francisco, wherehell undergo a platelet-rich plasma treatment (P.R.P) in which blood iswithdrawn and spun to enrich its healing properties. Its the same procedurecatcher Eli Whiteside had on his right elbow in the offseason.Itll speed the process, Runzler said. In four to sixweeks, I should be game ready. Thats definitely better than we originallythought. We can be aggressive with this.Runzler expects to begin the season in extended springtraining to build up innings, with the hope to be game ready in mid-April.Obviously, he wont be a candidate for the final bullpen spot, which isexpected to go to right-hander Clay Hensley.Hensley has been slowed by a tight hamstring, but said hefelt good during a side session and should be cleared to appear in exhibitiongames.

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways as Giants drop finale in Miami

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Instant Analysis: Five takeaways as Giants drop finale in Miami

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SAN FRANCISCO — The flight from Miami to San Francisco is one of the longest in the league. It will not be a happy one.

The Giants fell behind early and never recovered, losing 8-1 in the series finale with the Marlins. The Giants had won six of nine entering the road trip. They dropped a series in Washington D.C. and then lost two of three to the Marlins. 

You are here already, so here are five things to know … 

—- Matt Cain deserved better in the first, and it was kind of a stunning error that cost him. With two outs, Brandon Crawford dropped a liner that was hit right at him. The next batter, Tomas Telis, hit a two-run double. 

—- Cain was charged with five runs in four innings, but only two of them were earned. He struck out seven and walked just one, showing a good curveball throughout. Several times, he dropped down for a new look. Like I said, he deserved a bit better than that final line. 

—- Pablo Sandoval’s walk in the eighth was his first since returning to the Giants. His numbers, by the way, are right in line with his Boston numbers. 

—- Albert Suarez has seen his stuff take a tick up during this stint with the Giants, but it’s not leading to results. After giving up a walk-off grand slam on Sunday, he allowed three runs in 2 2/3 innings in relief of Cain. Suarez currently has a 7.43 ERA. 

—- Giancarlo Stanton was 2 for 4 with two singles. His run of six games with a homer came to an end. I suppose that’s a small victory for the Giants?

Giancarlo Stanton to Giants? Upside vs downside from Marlins perspective

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Giancarlo Stanton to Giants? Upside vs downside from Marlins perspective

Because we are too cool to allow the games to sustain us and because we all think the purpose of sports is actually not to be the best player but the general manager, the new item on the baseball menu is not the pennant races but “Where should Giancarlo Stanton go?”

The usual suspects are listed – the Yankees, the Giants, the Chunichi Dragons, Real Madrid – and the $295 million still on his contract is not considered an impediment.

But the logic behind the Marlins keeping him is just as clear and more pressing. Namely, Bruce Sherman, the incoming owner, and Derek Jeter, the designated face, did not buy this team and promptly try to make themselves detested by the few people who still care about it.

So far, we know that the monstrous thing in center field (no, not Christian Yelich) is likely to be torn down, and that Stanton is don’t-go-to-the-bathroom-during-his-half-inning entertainment. Beyond that, we know only that the Marlins draw when they win a lot and barely at all the rest of the time. They are clearly a distant third in a four-team race with the Dolphins and Heat for people’s hearts, and now that hating Jeffrey Loria’s living guts are off the table for the fans, there really is no there, there.

So what’s the up-side of moving Stanton (and before we go any further, the Giants don’t have nearly enough assets to make that work, so calm the hell down) for the Marlins? Prospects, the dark hole that makes a three-year plan a six-year plan.

And the down-side? Sherman may as well move the team for the level of fun he’ll get from it, and the only reason to buy a team looking at a $60 million loss is for the fun. Besides, onlky a very few owners have ever made the full turn from villain to hero – the first impression almost always lasts forever.

So while Stanton may create immediate wallet relief for this aggressively average team (their current record of 57-61 is the 12th best in their 25-year history, and they’ve only had eight winning seasons ever), they also have nothing to sell the fans that they have to live with every day. And if they don’t have enough fans . . . well, I hear San Jose is always hot for a mediocre franchise that lurches between spending money and hoarding it.