Left-hander Eric Surkamp is joining the Giants to pitch the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader with the Cincinnati Reds.
Surkamp underwent Tommy John surgery in the summer of 2012. The lefty was roughed up in his last outing at Triple-A Fresno, giving up six earned runs over 4 2/3 innings, but manager Bruce Bochy said he's the club's best option.
“He's been up here, he's got some experience,” Bochy said. “We'll have the bullpen there to help him out.”
Surkamp started six games with the Giants in 2011, going 2-2 with a 5.74 ERA. He's 2-0 with a 4.00 ERA over nine starts in Fresno and Class-A San Jose this season.
Barry Zito will start the second game of the doubleheader, where the Giants will be playing as the road team, against Pacifica native and former Stanford standout Greg Reynolds, who will be making his season debut.
Bochy said the doubleheader isn't going to impact the way he manages his bullpen.
“We're out here trying to win every game,” he said. “We'll worry about tomorrow, tomorrow.”
Bochy backs MLB: Major League Baseball suspended Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun for the rest of the season on Monday because of his ties to a performance-enhancing drug lab in Florida, a decision Bochy supports.
Bochy said the sport should be cleaned up for the fans, the players who do it the right way and to set a good example for kids who are learning the game.
“It's important for the integrity of the game,” he said.
Return of the Beard? According to Comcast SportsNet Bay Area's Andrew Baggarly, Brian Wilson pitched off the mound at USF on Monday with Giants pitching coach Dave Righetti standing in the batter's box.
Wilson, who went under the knife for Tommy John surgery 15 months ago, reportedly hit 94 mph on the gun and showed good movement on his stuff.
The Giants non-tendered Wilson’s contract last winter, making him a free agent. Wilson will reportedly throw for multiple teams in Los Angeles later this week.