Giants’ Pagan (shoulder) sits, Hudson progresses, Bochy updates Scutaro
05/18/2014 12:38 PM
05/18/2014 12:41 PM
SAN FRANCISCO -- Angel Pagan is not in the Giants’ starting lineup for their series finale against Miami, a day after he jammed his left shoulder diving for a ball in center field. Manager Bruce Bochy said Pagan was scheduled to get an MRI this morning but that results hadn’t come back yet.
Bochy said he’d considered resting Pagan today anyway before last night’s dive, which did not require Pagan to leave the game. The Giants have an off-day tomorrow, then face a couple of left-handers in Colorado, and Bochy was hoping to have Pagan fresh for the series so he wouldn’t have to start left-handed hitting Gregor Blanco or Tyler Colvin.
"Our hope is he’ll be fine to go in Colorado on Tuesday," Bochy said. "But I’ll have to wait ‘til I talk to the doctors."
With Pagan out, Blanco leads off today and plays center. Depending on whether Pagan is available in a pinch-hit situation, the Giants could be left with a three-man bench. That’s not ideal, but Bochy said he wouldn’t rule out using Madison Bumgarner or Matt Cain in a pinch-hit role if he felt it wasn’t the right time to burn a position player.
Besides, Bochy said: "Bumgarner, he’ll be pacing up and down with a bat, politicking to get in there."
Here’s the full Giants’ lineup against Marlins right-hander Jacob Turner:
And the Marlins’ lineup against Vogelsong:
* Tim Hudson (strained left hip) threw 60-70 times off flat ground and reached 90 feet today. Hudson said he threw with more intensity today and, "Everything went good."
"It’s getting better," Hudson said. "It’s pretty close, I feel, barring a setback."
Hudson normally throws a bullpen session two days before his scheduled start, the next of which is Thursday in Colorado, and said he’ll look to follow that regular schedule this week.
Bochy said it "looks like he’s on his way" to being able to make the Thursday start.
* There was actually Marco Scutaro news this morning. Bochy said the second baseman, who has been rehabbing his bothersome back in Arizona since April, went to Miami to have a non-surgical procedure on his back. Bochy described it as a "blood-spinning" procedure similar to platelet-rich plasma therapy.
"We’re hoping that this will help him get over the hump to where we may have a target date at some point," Bochy said.
For now, there’s still no target date for Scutaro, which Bochy admitted is "frustrating," for nobody more than Scutaro himself. Scutaro said throughout spring he felt he could play on certain days, but what he didn’t want was to be hampered to the point where he’d play one or two days, then have to take one or two days off.
Still, Bochy said, if it came to that, the Giants might prefer having Scutaro in a limited capacity over no Scutaro at all.
"I think you’ve got to be honest at some point about, where are we going to get?" Bochy said. "Hopefully we get to where he goes out there every day. That would be his hope. But if not, hey, if it’s a couple days then pinch hitting, yeah I think that would work. But he’s not close to being at that point yet."
Bochy said he believes Scutaro is still in Miami following the procedure, so check back for updates on how that went.
* In other injury news, Brandon Belt was in the Giants’ clubhouse this morning with a bulky cast over his left thumb. Belt had surgery last week to have two pins inserted into the broken thumb. He seemed in pretty good spirits this morning and said he’s learning about things that are complicated by not having the use of your dominant hand (included: brushing your teeth and tying your shoes).
Apparently, though, even a cast can’t fully protect Belt from flying projectiles. On Friday night, Belt was in the dugout during the Giants’ game against Miami. After mid-inning warm-ups, first baseman Michael Morse threw a ball back into the dugout that hit the dirt instead of the grass near the railing -- and ricocheted right into Belt’s injured hand.
"It was unbelievable how this thing found him," Bochy said.
Belt said this morning that after the incident, he put a batting helmet over his hand for the extra protection. But seriously, what are the odds?
"I don’t know, I’d put it 2-to-1 with Belt," Bochy said.
Bochy said he reminded Belt that the same thing happens when Belt throws a ball in and misses the grass. As for the cast, which is pretty bulky:
"We call him ‘Chubbs,’" Bochy said. "From ‘Happy Gilmore.’"
* The Giants will try to split this series and finish their 17-games-in-17-days stretch with an 11-6 record today behind Vogelsong, who has a 2.05 ERA in his last four starts. He could do with some help -- the Giants have scored just six total runs for Vogelsong in his last six outings.
About This BlogMatt Kawahara has covered baseball for The Sacramento Bee for three years. Kawahara, a McClatchy High School and UC Berkeley graduate, joined The Bee in 2010. Before joining Sports, he was a general assignment news reporter. Reach Kawahara at email@example.com. Twitter: @matthewkawahara.
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