Giants catcher Andrew Susac recently underwent minor surgery on his right wrist, manager Bruce Bochy said, hoping the procedure will help put a lingering issue to rest.
Susac was shut down for the season on Sept. 6 with a right wrist sprain. The Giants were deciding between surgery for Susac and immobilizing the wrist to let it heal, opting for the surgery, which Bochy termed “really minor.”
“The reason they did is if he would’ve gotten the splint off and that thing would’ve flared up two months later, then you’re spinning your wheels,” Bochy said. “The surgery would really take care of it, and we would know that in spring training he’s good to go.”
Susac, the Giants’ backup catcher when healthy, played in 52 games this season, hitting .218 with three home runs and 14 RBIs.
It’s Trevor Brown getting his second major-league start at catcher for the Giants today against the Diamondbacks. The Giants have been shut out in back-to-back games for the first time since 2012. Looking to spark the lineup a little, Bochy is giving Jarrett Parker his first big-league start in right field. Parker is 3-for-5 as a pinch-hitter since the Giants recalled him and was robbed of a home run for one of the outs.
“I just like his approach,” Bochy said. “He was up here earlier and he wasn’t aggressive enough, I didn’t think. Now it looks like he’s going to hit every pitch, but he’s laying off some pitches too, not expanding the zone. It’s just the quality of the at-bat, not so much the result, and hopefully he’ll carry that into today’s game.”
Bochy is resting Marlon Byrd, who has three hits in his last 23 at-bats.
There were no pre-game updates on Brandon Belt (concussion) or Hunter Pence (oblique) – who hasn’t begun hitting off of a tee. Bochy said it could be a week before he even has a target date for when Belt could play again, given the nature of concussion symptoms.
Time is running out for Pence to potentially return for the Giants’ final homestand as they had hoped – though that goal might change now with postseason elimination creeping up on the Giants. There could still be some intrigue in that final homestand, though. Bochy said the Giants could consider giving Matt Cain a start and that he and Dave Righetti will sit down to plan the rotation for the Giants’ last seven games.
Bochy was also asked if Tim Lincecum will be around the team for their last home stand and said he hopes so. Lincecum, who will be a free agent after the season, is rehabbing in Arizona from hip surgery.
“If he feels up to it,” Bochy said. “My guess is last home stand, he’ll be around.”
The Giants have never been shut out in three straight games at home. The lineup that will try to keep it that way:
LF De Aza
And the Diamondbacks’ lineup: