Issue: Sergio Romo’s elbow
Analysis: This is not good, folks. It’s awful. Any concern for Romo’s long-term health should be every bit as intense as the concern shown for that of Brian Wilson when the closer’s wing was whacked out. Read More
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Last year, the talk surrounding Pablo Sandoval was how much better he looked.This year, it’s about how much better he sees.Sandoval underwent laser surgery on his left eye in November. Comfort was his main motivation, but there was another benefit.“I am seeing the ball better,” he said. “I see everything better. Everything is clearer.” Sandoval went 1-for-4 Tuesday in the Giants’ 4-3 loss against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. Read More
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The story of spring training in 2011 for the Giants was, without question, Brandon Belt. Belt had put up great numbers at three minor-league levels in 2010, and swung his way onto the major-league squad by putting up impressive Cactus League numbers. Belt couldn’t hold back tears after being told he had made the big-league club out of camp by manager Bruce Bochy, a scenario that played out in detail on Showtime’s “The Franchise.” Read More
Tinkering: Giants left-hander Barry Zito is working on finding the proper movement on his fastball in the Cactus League as he prepares for the season.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — A day in the designated hitter slot may have been all Buster Posey needed to get his swing going. In his third at-bat of Wednesday’s 2-2 tie against the Cleveland Indians, he drove a 1-1 fastball to right field that easily cleared the fence for a home run — his first hit of spring training.
Posey downplayed the importance of the home run, but admitted everyone likes to get on the board. Read More
Issue: Freddy Sanchez and Opening Day.
Analysis: In short, don’t hold your breath.
And if that surprises you, you haven’t been paying very close attention. Not only has Sanchez been slow to heal from his myriad injuries since climbing aboard the Good Ship Orange and Black, but it’s March 15 and he hasn’t yet played defense in a Cactus League game.
He debuted as a DH on Friday, and when I spoke to him he insisted that his workouts are going well, that his shoulder is coming along just fine, etc., etc. Read More
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Madison Bumgarner still has some tuning up to do. “That’s what spring training is for,” said the 22-year-old lefty, still the youngest pitcher in camp. Read More
SURPRISE, Ariz. — Tim Lincecum had a chance to stretch out, pitching four innings in a game for the first time this spring and virtually shutting down the Kansas City Royals to earn the win in the Giants’ 2-1 victory Monday.
Lincecum, who had been roughed up in his previous spring starts, entered the game with a 13.50 ERA, but knocked that down to 6.75 after keeping runners off the basepaths, facing the minimum number of batters through the first three innings. Read More
Making his first appearance of the spring, Giants closer Brian Wilson didn’t seem to skip a beat.
The right-hander needed only nine pitches to complete a shutout inning Sunday as part of a 7-5 Giants win against the Seattle Mariners in Cactus League action.
Wilson, who was bothered by elbow issues at the end of the 2011 season, gave up one hit, but catcher Buster Posey helped him get out of the inning by finishing off a strike-’em out, throw-’em out double play. Read More
You can’t win in baseball scoring 3.5 runs per game.That’s why the Giants made speed a point of emphasis heading into this season.With the newly acquired Angel Pagan and Melky Cabrera at the top of the batting order, the Giants will have more sizzle, which they hope translates into more scoring. Read More