'Quiet' Thursday for Giants -- no callups


'Quiet' Thursday for Giants -- no callups

Sept. 1, 2011


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A day after shaking up their big-league roster by parting ways with veterans Miguel Tejada and Aaron Rowand while adding prospect Brett Pill and activating slugger Pat Burrell from the disabled list, the Giants likely wont be making any moves Thursday despite MLBs annual allowance of roster expansion to 40 men.A team source told CSNBayArea.com on Thursday morning that itll be a quiet day for sure.
That doesnt mean the Giants wont be adding to their complement of players for the final month of the stretch drive, however. It just wont happen until Friday, before the club opens a critical three-game series against the visiting Diamondbacks, who will bring a six-game lead in the National League West over the defending world champions into AT&T Park this weekend.Among the players expected to be added is rookie shortstop Brandon Crawford, the best defender at the position in the organization. Crawford, who took the starting job from Tejada not long after being called up for his big-league debut in May, lost the job -- and his spot on the San Francisco roster -- amid an offensive slump that prompted the Giants to acquire veteran Orlando Cabrera.Crawford, who was batting .172 with the Giants when he was sent back to Triple-A Fresno after going 0-for-3 to extend a 1-for-14 slide on June 30, was batting .176 over his past nine games with Fresno through Thursday and .243 overall.Hes going to get some playing time, Giants general manager Brian Sabean told CSNBayArea.com while discussing Crawfords short-term future during a one-on-one conversation shortly after Wednesdays shakeup. Were at a point where were going to look at a lot of different things in an effort to get things going in the right direction.That includes giving Burrell, who missed 43 games with a strained right foot before being activated Wednesday and going 1-for-1 in the Giants 4-0 victory over the Cubs, a shot at reprising the role he played as an imposing long-ball threat after being picked up off the scrap heap following his release from the Rays last May.Burrell, who hit 18 home runs in 96 regular-season games for the Giants in 2010, is batting .237 with seven homers and 21 RBIs in 81 games for San Francisco this season.Other candidates for promotion Friday include Darren Ford, whom a year ago Thursday scored on an errant throw after stealing third base to set up a huge win over the Rockies that served as a springboard to the late-season magic that carried the Giants to their first World Series title since moving to San Francisco.Left-hander Eric Surkamp, who shined in his big-league debut Saturday at AT&T but was optioned back to the minors shortly thereafter to stay on turn while the Giants skip the No. 5 spot in their starting rotation to set up this weekends Arizona series, was scheduled to pitch for Single-A San Jose on Thursday but will return to the big-league team to take his next scheduled turn Tuesday on the road against the Padres.

Giants spring training Day 39: Nuñez receives pair of cortisone shots

Giants spring training Day 39: Nuñez receives pair of cortisone shots

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Buster Posey and Brandon Crawford will return to camp Thursday, show off their WBC championship medals, and then head to nearby Salt River Fields to take on the Colorado Rockies. It'll be a few more days, however, before the Giants have their full infield on the field. 

Eduardo Nuñez said he actually got two cortisone shots in his right shoulder, since an MRI this week showed “something” in two separate spots. Nuñez asked for the MRI because, while he was able to play and make strong throws, he felt pain on a daily basis. He might DH this weekend, but it'll be a few more days before he's cleared to begin throwing. 

The Giants are hopeful that the shots calm all this down, and Nuñez anticipated being ready for Opening Day. Still, it certainly sounds like this will be a close call. Conor Gillaspie, who is having a huge spring, could get plenty of early time at third. Manager Bruce Bochy doesn't anticipate Nuñez missing Opening Day.

"He should be ready," Bochy said. 

The Giants need all the good injury news they can get. It is expected that Will Smith will announce Friday that he's having Tommy John surgery. 

ICYMI: From this morning, a feature on George Kontos and his rise over the last few years. 

Also, one of the bench candidates, Gordon Beckham, asked for his release. The Giants will soon have to make decisions on Hill and David Hernandez, who have similar retention bonuses due March 28.

GAME RECAP: The Giants played one of their uglier games of the spring, losing 9-2 to King Felix and the Mariners … Matt Moore lasted just 1 2/3 innings, giving up four runs on four hits, two walks, a balk and a wild pitch. It was the same old thing: Moore just all of a sudden lost his command, and because he got up past the 30-pitch mark in the second inning alone, the Giants cut it off. Moore went down to the bullpen and got up to around 80 pitches. He'll make one more start down here, Tuesday against the Cubs ... Joe Panik had a hard double, one of just four hits for the Giants … Chris Marrero hasn’t played a whole lot of left field this spring, and he didn’t show much to the coaches on a couple of opportunities to throw home. The left field situation remains a mystery. 

POSITION BATTLES: Kelby Tomlinson played six innings of left field in a minor league game, and he had to wait until the sixth to get his first and only fly ball. There seemed to be a lot of interest from decision-makers about how Tomlinson fared, and his action today opens up an intriguing possibility. There’s a roster permutation that has the Giants keeping just one reserve outfielder (Gorkys Hernandez) and three backup infielders: Conor Gillaspie, Aaron Hill and Kelby Tomlinson, with the latter two being options in left field. 

FAMILIAR FACE: Angel Pagan made it through the WBC healthy, and he apparently is drawing interest from the Phillies and Blue Jays. Giants people are confident Pagan will get a big league job somewhere over the coming week. 

Giants reliever Will Smith leaning toward season-ending Tommy John surgery

Giants reliever Will Smith leaning toward season-ending Tommy John surgery

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Left-hander Will Smith, a key piece of a revamped bullpen, is leaning toward having Tommy John surgery, manager Bruce Bochy said Thursday night. 

Bochy said surgery was the recommendation of both doctors who examined Smith's elbow this week. Smith will talk to his agent before coming to a final decision on Friday. The procedure would keep Smith out the entire 2017 season and likely would cause him to miss the start of the 2018 season.

Smith, 27, missed the first month of camp because of pain in his throwing elbow. He returned March 17, but during a March 20 outing he again felt pain and called for a trainer. A second round of diagnostics revealed a strain and a sprain in the elbow. Smith saw team orthopedist Dr. Ken Akizuki in San Francisco and flew to Los Angeles this week to get a second opinion from Dr. Neal ElAttrache of the Kerlen-Jobe Clinic. 

"They had the same opinion," Bochy said. "There is a tear there. You can try to rehab it and if that doesn't work you're behind a couple of months ... It's not a definite he's going to have it done, but two doctors are in agreement on what this is."

Smith was expected to serve as the late lefty for the Giants, getting setup work in the seventh and eighth innings. With Smith out, the Giants will lean on young lefties Steven Okert, Josh Osich and Ty Blach. 

"We're going to have to have someone step up and help us in the seventh and eighth," Bochy said. "That was going to be will's role. He's a guy we were leaning on."

Smith was acquired from the Brewers at the deadline last season in exchange for right-hander Phil Bickford (who is currently serving a 50-game suspension) and catcher Andrew Susac (who is currently injured). After a shaky start, he finished the regular season with 18 consecutive scoreless appearances. 

The Giants have for the most part avoided Tommy John for 40-man roster pitchers. Hunter Strickland, Derek Law and Josh Osich have all had it during their time in the organization, along with outfielder Mac Williamson. Prospect Ian Gardeck is currently recovering from Tommy John. The last Giants pitcher who was likely headed for the roster before having Tommy John was left-hander Eric Surkamp. He had surgery in 2012.

The timetable is different for every pitcher, but the general consensus is that the procedure sidelines a pitcher for at least a year, and usually closer to 16 months. Matt Moore, Thursday night’s starter, had Tommy John on April 23, 2014. He did not return to a big league mound until July 2, 2015, and even then, he was under restrictions. 

Smith is under team control for two more seasons after this one.