Giants notes: Net widens in long relief competition, etc.

Giants' rotation sharp, Affeldt impresses, Law hot prospect

Giants notes: Net widens in long relief competition, etc.
March 6, 2014, 4:00 pm
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Kameron Loe could take the long relief role in the Giants' bullpen if Yusmeiro Petit continues to struggle. (AP)

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Kameron Loe garnered plenty of laughs when he squeezed into Tim Lincecum’s pants on a jovial Thursday morning.

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Next the Giants plan to stretch out Loe’s arm. They have an eye toward expanding the 6-foot-8 right-hander’s workload so he can join a long relief competition that might be a bit more open than when pitchers and catchers reported three weeks ago.

Yusmeiro Petit hasn’t looked sharp in two appearances, giving up a whopping 11 hits in 2 1/3 innings. He threw a side session on Wednesday under the watch of pitching coach Dave Righetti.

Left-hander David Huff still hasn’t thrown a pitch in the Cactus League yet because of shoulder stiffness. He has been cleared to face hitters in live batting practice, which he’ll do on Friday.

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The Giants are pleased that their starting five are pitching so well – it’s now 20 innings and one earned run for the rotation after Tim Hudson tossed three scoreless in a 3-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday – but they’re still set on carrying a long reliever. And this is one job that remains up for grabs.

Bochy noted that Petit was still getting in pitching shape because he decided to save his arm and not pitch winter ball in Venezuela this year. Righetti reported that Petit’s last ‘pen was improved.

“That’s why it’s hard to evaluate these guys now,” Bochy said. “These are decisions that will go down to the last 10 days (of camp).”

Notes: Hudson might have carried the torch with three scoreless innings, but he tripled the rotation’s walk total by issuing two bases on balls. Giants starters have walked three in 20 innings this spring. Perhaps more importantly, Hudson’s ankle looked fine as he fielded a grounder to start a 1-6-3 double play. … Pablo Sandoval crushed a home run from the left side off Reds right-hander Chien-Ming Wang, the first by a Giants projected starter this spring. Mark Minicozzi, Adam Duvall and Ehire Adrianza have hit the others. … Hunter Pence wasn’t supposed to play but talked his way into the lineup at DH. He was 0 for 3. … Infielder Brandon Hicks, who is hitting .364, continued his nice spring with a double. Jeremy Affeldt got three ground outs in his first official Cactus League appearance. … Sergio Romo gave up an unearned run after third baseman Chris Dominguez made an error. … Juan Perez hit his team-high fourth double of the spring and is batting .412. … Roger Kieschnick is 1 for 12 with six strikeouts thus far.

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