6:19 AM EDT, Thu June 30, 2016

Giants hope fast-healing Pence can return before eight weeks

Giants hope fast-healing Pence can return before eight weeks The Giants have learned something important about Hunter Pence in the past year: The Giants are not ready to concede he will need eight weeks to recover from hamstring surgery and thus do not plan to place him on the 60-day disabled list to clear any spots on the 40-man roster. If Pence were moved to the 60-day DL, retroactive to June 2, he would not be eligible to play again until Aug. 1. The Giants sent Romo to San Jose for another rehab appearance with the Class A Giants on Tuesday. Romo has not pitched since April 10 and...
San Jose Mercury News Jun 25, 2016

Giants hold on to beat Phillies 5-4

Belt delivers 3-run double in 7th inning, San Francisco improves to 48-27
Red Reporter Jun 24, 2016

The Giants have asked the Reds about trading for Jay Bruce

But did the Reds have an answer? Just about three weeks ago, I stated the obvious:  the San Francisco Giants needed Jay Bruce, and they needed him right that very moment.  The banged up outfield was without Angel Pagan for a series of weeks and All Star Hunter Pence for a couple of months, leaving a clear void in both the field and the lineup for a team with yet another World Series run set in their sights. Turns out, the level of obviousness was quite high, since the Giants have indeed inquired about Bruce, according to the San Francisco Chronicle's Henry Schulman.  As Schulman notes,...

Hunter Pence ramps up rehab, Duane Kuiper recalls a 34-year-old beef with an official scorer, etc.

PITTSBURGH – Watching Hunter Pence sling a baseball 120 feet, go through agility drills and maneuver around cones at his usual frenetic pace, you wouldn’t know that he underwent surgery just 13 days earlier.   Pence’s rehab from hamstring tendon… Continue Reading → The post Hunter Pence ramps up rehab, Duane Kuiper recalls a 34-year-old beef with an official scorer, etc. appeared first on Giants Extra.

Angel Pagan rejoins Giants, starts in left field

The Giants tentatively planned for him to return to the lineup Wednesday, but Pagan made a strong case to manager Bruce Bochy that he was ready Tuesday. Pagan was activated from the disabled list, and Mac Williamson was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento. Pagan missed 12 games (May 2-12) with a hamstring strain, returned to the lineup, reinjured it running to first base May 23 and went on the DL. When the Giants are at full strength and have their A lineup on the field, Pagan generally bats ninth, with the pitcher hitting eighth. With Hunter Pence on the DL, Bochy is sticking with a...
McCovey Chronicles Jun 14, 2016

Should the Giants kick themselves for letting Adam Duvall slip away?

The former Giants outfielder has 18 home runs before the All-Star break, and he happens to be exactly the kind of player the organization is looking for right now. Should we be bitter? The Giants are looking for another outfielder. Even with Angel Pagan coming back this week, and even with Hunter Pence coming back around the trade deadline, the Giants are still just one outfielder short of a perfectly nice outfield rotation. It was reasonable to hope that either Jarrett Parker or Mac Williamson would help in the interim, but the available evidence suggests the Giants shouldn't count on them...

Trade talks don't faze Ryan Braun

With the Giants missing outfielder Hunter Pence for a couple of months or so with a leg injury, it wasn’t shocking to see a report that they touched base with the Brewers about Ryan Braun.

Giants’ Span becoming iron man with Pagan, Pence out

Giants’ Span becoming iron man with Pagan, Pence out With corner outfielders Angel Pagan and Hunter Pence injured, manager Bruce Bochy has not been able to rest Span as often as he would like. Span has started 41 of the past 44 games and 57 of the Giants' 64 games overall. Even if those guys were healthy I'd be still wanting to play every day. Span might benefit from a more rest. The more carries I get - the more at-bats I get - the more in a groove I get in as well. For his career, Span has hit .248/.311/.364 in June, his weakest month, but .314/.390/.398 in July, his...
McCovey Chronicles Jun 6, 2016

McCovey Chroncast #28 - June Swoon

The Giants went 3-4 last week and lost Hunter Pence for two months. But it wasn't all bad! Madison Bumgarner was dominate. Just... try not to think about Jeff Samardzija right now. You don't really believe that as soon as the Giants enter the month of June they become a collection of moronic, untalented, reprehensible baseball players in name only, do you? Well, if you did, you'd have ample evidence to back up your feelings. Over the past several years, the Giants have been... suboptimal in the month of June. June 2016 has been no exception, and we're only 5 games deep! Does Samardzija's...

Giants notes: Madison Bumgarner puts on a McGwire-style show in BP, put a star next to Hunter Pence's surgeon, etc.

ST. LOUIS – A fellow named Mark McGwire once made batting practice the main event at Busch Stadium.   Madison Bumgarner is bringing it back.   Bumgarner mashed more than a dozen shots into the left field seats prior to… Continue Reading → The post Giants notes: Madison Bumgarner puts on a McGwire-style show in BP, put a star next to Hunter Pence's surgeon, etc. appeared first on Giants Extra.
McCovey Chronicles Jun 5, 2016

The Prospect Roundup, 6/5

Injuries were the theme of the week. Hunter Pence's injury caused an outfield shuffle, and Augusta pitcher Michael Santos took a scary shot to the face. But there was some excellent pitching outside of that bad news. Outfield Drought Hunter Pence’s injury was a big blow to the Giants, and has brought up a lot of speculation about what the Giants will do in his absence, from promotions to minor leaguers like Jarrett Parker and Mac Williamson, to trades.  But beyond that, it exposes a huge weakness in the system: an inability to develop regular outfielders. Since 2008, only Fred Lewis...

Giants’ Pagan knows he can’t rush return, plus remembering Ali’s clubhouse visit

Giants’ Pagan knows he can’t rush return, plus remembering Ali’s clubhouse visit ST. LOUIS - With Hunter Pence out, the Giants' need Angel Pagan's switch-bat in the lineup even more. In other words, Pagan promised to listen to the medical staff. Pence's hamstring blowout underscored to Pagan the risk of coming back prematurely. Pagan missed nine weeks in 2013 after tearing his right hamstring tendon. On one special morning in 2010, Muhammad Ali visited the Giants clubhouse at Scottsdale Stadium on a tour for "Athletes in Action," asking players to take a more active role in charity...

Why a big Giants trade for a Pence replacement is not likely soon

ST. LOUIS - When a player as valuable as Hunter Pence is lost for two months, fans immediately light up social media and talk shows with trade ideas and wants. Yes, general manager Bobby Evans is exploring the market to gauge options and prices. If a team has a player to deal, its best shot at getting a desirable package in return comes at the July trade deadline as multiple teams join the bidding. Only one hitter, Belt, seems consistently dangerous at the plate. Duffy acknowledged that he and several teammates are "underperforming" and offered a unique perspective when asked how the team...
San Jose Mercury News Jun 3, 2016

Bullpen gets the job done as Giants beat Cardinals 5-1

Johnny Cueto struggles before giving way as Giants win without Hunter Pence
McCovey Chronicles Jun 3, 2016

Hunter Pence having hamstring surgery, out 8 weeks

The Giants are talking trade possibilities, but there aren't a whole lot that seem realistic. Hunter Pence went on the disabled list after injuring his hamstring during Wednesday's game, and his MRI on Thursday wasn't especially encouraging. On Friday, our fears were confirmed. Pence completely tore his right hamstring, and he will have surgery to repair it. The recovery time is estimated at eight weeks, though as Andrew Baggarly noted, it took Angel Pagan nine weeks last year. While the Giants are already exploring trade options, they're caught between a short-term need and long-term...

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