Giants manager Bruce Bochy said he plans to talk with third-base coach Roberto Kelly about positioning after the ninth-inning bump between Kelly and Gregor Blanco near the bag Wednesday night. But Bochy said he still thinks the umpires got it right by ruling Kelly did not interfere with Blanco.
"I know it’s easy for me to say, because it went my way," Bochy said. "But he didn’t assist him, he had his hands up, never grabbed him. Still it’s a great lesson."
Kelly is in his first season replacing Tim Flannery as the Giants’ third-base coach, and the play Wednesday -- which Dodgers manager Don Mattingly disputed to no avail -- was an example of growing pains.
Bochy said there’s "not a third base coach that hasn’t happened to," adding that Bochy himself got bumped by a runner while coaching third in the minors once.
"As good as Tim (Flannery) was, I saw him get run over by Steve Finley one time," said Bochy. "It’s going to happen. Some guys make that turn a little wider than other guys. You just have to remind yourself not to get too close to the line."
* The Giants go for the sweep today against the Dodgers with this lineup:
And the Dodgers’ lineup behind Mike Bolsinger, who was called up from Triple-A to make today’s start:
* Pitcher Erik Cordier, who’s on the disabled list, became one of the few remaining 2014 Giants to receive his World Series ring in a low-key presentation this morning. Two high-profile former Giants still have yet to receive theirs: Michael Morse and Pablo Sandoval.
The Giants could give Morse his when the Miami Marlins come to AT&T Park May 7-9. Morse delivered one of the more memorable moments of last postseason with his homer off Pat Neshek in the NLCS clincher, and Giants fans would probably like a chance to express their appreciation one more time.
The Red Sox do not play in San Francisco this year -- but they do come to Oakland from May 11-13 to play the A’s. General manager Bobby Evans said the Giants would like to give Sandoval his ring in person, and could do it either at the Red Sox hotel the night of May 10, or the morning of May 11, a travel day for the Giants.
* Hunter Pence is swinging his regular bat (after starting out with a whiffle bat) and has hit off a tee. Bochy said Pence is "making progress," and the plan right now is to "ramp it up each day" with the right field.
But there’s still no timetable for Pence’s return, and Bochy said there probably won’t be until Pence is ready to start playing in rehab games.
* Jake Peavy played catch on the field this morning and Bochy said he’s "doing better, doing all he can to get back." But it sounds like that could take a while. Bochy said the Giants "want to slow-play him a little bit, not rush him back (from a lower back strain) like I probably did pitching him in San Diego and his last start."