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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Giants manager Bruce Bochy usually calls players into his office when he sends them to minor league camp. Last year, he delivered the news to his son, Brett, over dinner.
His most awkward day of the spring arrived again on Friday. Another steak dinner for Brett, with bad news for dessert?
“No, I saw him at breakfast this morning,” the manager said. “It was cheaper.”
His dry-as-toast wit aside, Bochy was impressed with how his son, a right-handed pitcher, handled himself this spring. Brett appeared in five games and posted a 2.08 ERA. He gave up a home run in his first outing but was unscored upon the next four times out, often entering mid-inning with inherited runners.
“He didn’t get a lot of work but I thought he held his own,” the elder Bochy said. “He did well. He was comfortable, was poised out there. I brought him in some tough spots and he handled himself very well.”
Brett Bochy is expected to pitch out of the bullpen at Triple-A Fresno, with an eye toward getting added to the 40-man roster if he has a good season. And after getting cut by his father at dinner and now breakfast, you’d have to imagine Brett will make himself scarce at lunchtime next spring.