AT&T PARK — August has been Denard Span’s best month since joining the San Francisco Giants. The table-setter has hit .336 — the highest on the team — but he’s out of the lineup for get-away day against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
“His neck’s pretty stiff still,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “So he’s not available to start.”
Bochy said he’d have to talk with trainer Dave Groeschner before determining if Span will be available off the bench.
I’d put him at day-to-day right now,” Bochy said.
Gorkys Hernandez gets the start in his place in center while Angel Pagan slides into the leadoff spot.
Bochy wouldn’t say if it will be Matt Cain or Albert Suarez who starts on Friday at Wrigley Field.
“I don’t have anything new on that,” Bochy explained.
But he did offer a hint that Suarez will be the guy — that is if he isn’t needed in relief against the D’Backs.
“Suarez is available today,” Bochy said. “So I can’t answer that until after today.”
According to Bochy, Sergio Romo is “doing well” after tweaking his knee on Tuesday night while covering first base in the ninth. The right-hander is available out of the pen.
Finally, Bochy offered a scouting report on Tim Tebow, noting the ex-quarterback has a “good swing.”
“He’s such a great athlete,” Bochy said. “From what I hear, the workout went pretty good.”
But he did add a caveat.
“I don’t know if there’s anything harder in sports than hitting live pitching, but as far as his mechanics and fundamentals, he looked really good,” Bochy said.albert suarezBruce Bochydenard spanMatt CainMLBSan Francisco GiantsTim Tebow