SAN FRANCISCO -- Michael Morse getting his World Series ring on Thursday night at AT&T Park left one last high-profile Giant from 2014 still to receive his. That would be Pablo Sandoval, the third baseman who was part of three World Series championships in San Francisco before leaving for the Boston Red Sox in free agency this offseason.
He won’t have to wait much longer. The Red Sox will be in the Bay Area for a series against the Oakland A’s that starts on Monday, and Giants general manager Bobby Evans said the Giants will try to present Sandoval with his ring on Sunday night at the Red Sox team hotel.
The Red Sox are flying in after playing a day game in Toronto on Sunday, and the Giants have a travel day Monday, but Evans said the Giants "travel early enough that it’s going to be safer just to give it to him Sunday night."
Evans said before Morse’s ceremony Thursday that he had talked with Sandoval’s agent about different scenarios in which to give Sandoval his ring, including "(Sandoval) coming out on a (Red Sox) off-day to receive his ring on a day we had a game. But that really wasn’t reasonable with the schedule.
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"His agent and I talked about many different options, but nothing without waiting," said Evans. "We’ve already waited a good month. There was just no real window to do it other than do it in a private presentation."
Giants manager Bruce Bochy said that he, Evans and possibly president and CEO Larry Baer will be on hand for the presentation. Bochy said he’s looking forward to the event.
"Pablo was a big part of this club, and helping us win three championships," Bochy said. "So I look forward to seeing him and handing Pablo his ring, just catching up with him. We really haven’t caught up with him since he moved on."
Sandoval was a two-time All Star with the Giants and hit .344 in three postseasons, including .429 in the World Series last year. This spring, though, after signing a five-year deal with the Red Sox, Sandoval directed some choice words toward the Giants in a story by Bleacher Report, saying it was "not hard at all" to leave his former team and that the Giants had disrespected his agent during contract negotiations.
That might have complicated an on-the-field presentation like the one the Giants held for Morse, but the Red Sox don’t visit AT&T Park this season, anyway, so there would have been no chance. Bochy was diplomatic when asked whether Sandoval’s comments would affect the way his tenure in San Francisco is remembered by Giants fans.
"That’s a hard one to answer," Bochy said. "I don’t think so. I know we appreciate what Pablo did for us, and fans sometimes, things are taken out of context. That’s what I’ve been told through some friends of his, that he didn’t quite mean it how it came out. So I certainly hope it doesn’t. He gave us all he had here and we appreciate that."
* The Giants’ lineup for tonight’s game against Miami:
And the Marlins’ lineup against Bumgarner:
* When the Giants leave for their road trip Monday, right-hander Jake Peavy will travel to Arizona and continue rehabbing from a lower back strain. Peavy said he threw 40 pitches in a session Friday and felt he had "better results as far as my body responding."
"We were able to simulate going a little harder, throwing different pitches out of the stretch and the windup," Peavy said.
Peavy said he plans to throw again Tuesday, while Bochy said that if all goes well Peavy "could throw to hitters" while in Arizona.
* Bochy said he hadn’t talked to Hunter Pence after Pence’s first rehab game Friday night in Sacramento, but he "got the report on Hunter and all went well." Pence played five innings for the River Cats and had three plate appearances, recording a sacrifice fly, a groundout and a strikeout.
"He felt great swinging the bat, didn’t really feel anything," Bochy said of Pence, who’s recovering from a left forearm fracture. "So that’s good news."
Pence is scheduled to play tonight, be off Sunday and return to the River Cats lineup on Monday.