Wilson Valdez is hoping to earn infield job with Giants 

click to enlarge Wilson Valdez, a 34-year-old who spent last year with the Reds, can play in the infield or outfield. - AP FILE PHOTO
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  • Wilson Valdez, a 34-year-old who spent last year with the Reds, can play in the infield or outfield.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Hoping to earn a job with the Giants, infielder Wilson Valdez is with his 12th big-league organization.

Freddy Sanchez and Ryan Theriot no longer are with the Giants, and the 34-year-old Valdez hopes to beat out 28-year-old Tony Abreu and 31-year-old Kensuke Tanaka for a roster spot with the World Series champions.

Valdez has played for seven major-league teams. He’s been traded six times, released six times and spent a year in Japan.

“I’ve got to show them what I can bring,” Valdez said. “I just want to play hard and play smart.”

In 439 major-league games, Valdez has a .981 fielding percentage, including .990 at second base. He has a .236 batting average with six home runs and 107 RBIs.

“Everybody wants a chance to play,” Valdez said. “The more you play, the better you can be. I’ll continue to do my best and hope for an opportunity.”

His versatility could work in his favor. Valdez also has appeared in the outfield in addition to playing three infield spots.

“Yes, it is kind of hard when you don’t have a set spot,” Valdez said. “For me, I’m going to find a spot, get there, work hard and prove myself to everybody. I’m always working with the mindset of preparing to help the team.”

He’s with the team he played against during each of San Francisco’s World Series title seasons. He was with Philadelphia in 2010 and Cincinnati last year.

“I watched this team and they were always together,” Valdez said. “They pushed one another and even the guys on the bench were pushing the team to get better.”

The atmosphere, he says, is the same this spring training.

“Even being here a few days I feel comfortable,” he said. “Everybody has been good to me and there’s a lot of mutual respect.”

Valdez produced his two best seasons with the Phillies in 2010-11, where he earned significant playing time and got more than 300 at-bats each year.

Philadelphia used him at shortstop and second base. He also saw time at third and even ended up on the mound — getting a win with a scoreless inning.

Notes: Right-hander Tim Lincecum’s first scheduled session pitching to batters was rained out and he threw off a mound in a batting cage, with hitters standing in the box. ... Hitters were sent to the minor-league facility for batting practice. ... Right-hander Boof Bonser is scheduled to throw a bullpen session today, his first action of spring training. ... Giants manager Bruce Bochy hoped to schedule a five-inning intrasquad game before opening the exhibition schedule at home Saturday against the Los Angeles Angels.

Lopez to sit out a few days after incident with left wrist

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Javier Lopez squatted like a catcher to set a target for Madison Bumgarner. Then he reacted like a catcher who took a foul tip off a hand.

Lopez will miss up to a week after Bumgarner’s warmup pitch hit him squarely on the top of his left hand during practice Monday.

“It hit flush on the wrist,” Lopez said. “We were working on a split-change-curve combination, basically a change.”
The Giants’ left-hander showed off the injury Wednesday. The seams of the baseball were clearly visible on his hand.

“Nothing is broken,” Lopez said. “I’m definitely not going to rush it. I wasn’t going to throw anyway and this gives me another reason.”

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