With an ugly series against the Boston Red Sox behind them, the San Francisco Giants welcome the Pittsburgh Pirates to AT&T Park for a four game weekend match-up beginning on Thursday night.
Several roster moves tonight: Andres Torres was placed on the 15 day disabled list and will see a specialist. The trip should decide the rest of the season for the 35 year old outfielder, who alerted the team that he couldn’t play earlier today. Bochy added that he had heard about it three or four days ago but that it just flared up again.
“I guess it’s been there a while but he hasn’t been getting treatment. He hasn’t really talked about it much,” said Bochy.
He also said that surgery was a possibility, and that neither side was in a rush to get Torres back on the field.
“To be honest, his role will probably be pinch hitting role, maybe pinch run, maybe an occasional start…there’s no rush to get Andres back. We want him to get healthy, he has his future to think of, which I don’t blame him, so we’re not going to rush him back.”
Torres is batting .250 with two home runs, 21 RBI, 22 walks and 61 strikeouts through 300 games with San Francisco this season. With his free-agency looming, there’s a chance we’ve seen the last of Torres in a Giants jersey. Barring a miracle, San Francisco has 36 games left this year, and most of those will go towards playing prospects.
“It’s fair to say, with where we’re at, we are going to do some evaluating. These young guys are going to get these at-bats and i explained that to [Jeff] Francoeur when we let him go,” said Bochy. “We are going to take a look at these younger players so Brian [Sabean] has a better idea of where we’re at as we go into the offseason.”
One of those getting looks for the rest of the season is Brett Pill. He will start in left field, a position that has seen eight different players throughout the season.
Mike Kickham was sent down to Triple-A, a move that Bochy explained as a result of tonight’s unavailability to pitch. Kickham should stay in the rotation in Fresno, and Bochy said he liked some of the movement he saw yesterday, despite the outcome. Bochy also mentioned that they needed Kickham’s spot for an additional infielder. Francisco Peguero and Nick Noonan were recalled from Triple-A as corresponding moves.
Side note: Bochy was asked about the Ryan Braun statement earlier today, and stopped himself just short of saying he didn’t care.
Another side note: Barry Zito is still penciled in to start on Monday at Coors Field. Zito plus Zito’s away record plus Coors Field. Just going to leave that equation there.
Tonight, Matt Cain will take on Pittsburgh’s Jeff Locke, who is coming off a rough outing against Arizona. The lefty gave up ten hits and eight runs in just 2.2 innings, but Bochy mentioned that everyone has hiccups, using yesterday’s game as an example.
“When you’re facing a guy, I don’t care if he struggling in the past or his last start. [Boston's Felix Doubront] had a rough start the start before…then goes out, goes eight innings and we score one run off of him.
“I don’t take anything for granted. I expect to see a good young arm out there and we’ll have to work our tails off to beat him,” said Bochy.
Cain has been solid over the last month, lasting no less than seven innings in each of his last five starts. He’s been a victim of the home run all season long though, giving up a blast in his last three starts and is just two shy of his 2012 total.
“You know Matty, he’s such a tough guy. Mentally tough, he’s not one to get down in the rough games. He has the ability to put them behind him, wash them off. You know when Matty’s out there he’s going to give you all he has, and that’s what you appreciate,” said Bochy.
First pitch at 7:15pm.