A Look at the National League West

We take a look at the National League West as they teams head into the final six weeks of the season.


The Padres finally arrive in Washington, D.C., this weekend -- 31 seasons behind schedule.
The Padres had packed their equipment and were headed to the nation's capital in January 1974 when Ray Kroc, the creator of the McDonald's fast food chain, made an 11th-hour purchase of the team and saved it for San Diego.
Kroc's purchase blocked the club's pending sale to Washington, D.C., interests.
Among the disappointed fans at the time was Padres manager Bruce Bochy, who has a warm spot in his heart for the Washington Nationals.
"I was a fan of the old Washington Senators," Bochy said recently while talking of going to games in Washington, D.C., when his father, a career Army non-commissioned officer, was stationed in the nation's capital.
But don't expect sentimentality to cloud Bochy's resolve this weekend as the Padres make their first visit to Washington. The Padres went into Thursday's rubber match of a three-game series in Pittsburgh having lost 13 of their last 15 games -- although they still hold a one-game lead over Arizona in the putrid National League West.
"We're finally seeing some good signs," said Bochy, whose club has scored 19 runs in its first two games in Pittsburgh -- equaling the club's total for the previous 10 games.

NOTES, QUOTES --Not that he had to, but Jake Peavy took matters into his own hands Tuesday night in Pittsburgh.
In addition to pitching seven strong innings against the Pirates, Peavy went 2-for-3 at the plate with a run scored and an RBI to help the Padres to an 11-3 win over Pittsburgh.
The win was only the Padres' second in their last 14 games, and Peavy had a hand in both victories. In fact, the Padres are 15-6 this season in Peavy's 21 starts.
"We needed this game tonight, and I wanted to be part of the answer," said Peavy, who allowed three runs on seven hits over seven innings. He struck nine without issuing a walk.
Since June 1, the Padres are 19-35. But they are 5-5 in Peavy's 10 starts. --The pitching that had been the Padres' one consistent strong suit fell apart in July. The staff ERA for the month was 5.19.
The month opened with the Padres shipping both LHP Darrell May and RHP Tim Redding -- who were a combined 1-8 -- to the Yankees for right-handed reliever Paul Quantrill.
And the month ended with the Padres sending rookie right-hander Tim Stauffer (3-6, 5.33 ERA) back to Class AAA Portland.
Nine-game winner Adam Eaton never pitched in July because of a strained flexor tendon in the middle finger of his right hand.
As for the once-stellar bullpen, both RHP Rudy Seanez (shoulder tendinitis) and LHP Chris Hammond (pinched nerve in the back of his neck) went on the disabled list in July, and LHP Dennys Reyes was released after becoming ineffective.
And closer Trevor Hoffman made only six appearances in save situations in July -- none of those coming after July 16.
--The world turned upside down in almost every way imaginable for the Padres last week.
Phil Nevin was finally traded to Texas for right-handed pitcher Chan Ho Park after vetoing an earlier trade to Baltimore for right-handed pitcher Sidney Ponson. This time, Nevin had no veto power.
Because catcher Ramon Hernandez opted to have surgery on his injured left wrist (he will miss five to six weeks), the Padres made two trades for catchers -- sending Triple-A shortstop J.J. Furmaniak to Pittsburgh to get David Ross and trading Triple-A catcher Miguel Ojeda and Double-A right-hander Nathanel Mateo to Seattle for catcher Miguel Olivo.
With Joe Randa now at third base, the Padres traded switch-hitting infielder Geoff Blum to the White Sox for minor league right-hander Ryan Meaux. And with Park and Pedro Astacio now in the rotation, the Padres sent struggling rookie right-hander Tim Stauffer (3-6, 5.33 ERA) back to Triple-A Portland and activated right-hander Adam Eaton from the disabled list. But for the time being, Eaton, who was 9-2 when he suffered a strained flexor tendon to the middle finger of his throwing hand on June 15, will be throwing out of the bullpen.
Plus, the Padres had to finally place left-handed reliever Chris Hammond (pinched neck nerve) on the 15-day disabled list, where he joined right-handed reliever Rudy Seanez (shoulder tendinitis).
On the field, the Padres were swept by Cincinnati in a three-game weekend series to complete a 1-5 homestand. The Padres finished the week having lost 12 of 13 to fall to 51-54 on the season and fall out of first in the NL West for the first time since May 26.
After a club-record 22-6 May, the Padres have gone 18-35 -- the worst record in the majors since June 1. In three games against the Reds, the Padres were outscored 24-5, out-hit 33-18, out-homered 8-0. On the homestand, they were outscored 40-12 and out-homered 11-0.
Said Padres manager Bruce Bochy: "There's no getting around it, we know we're bad. We know we're awful. We're embarrassed, to be honest."
--The Padres scored more runs Tuesday night in their 11-3 win in Pittsburgh than they had in their previous five games combined.
--Manager Bruce Bochy shook up his lineup Tuesday, moving No. 2 hitter Mark Loretta to the No. 6 spot and moving 3B Joe Randa up to the No. 2 spot.
Loretta had batted in the No. 2 spot for more than 90 percent of his first 2 1/2-plus seasons for the Padres. Both Randa and Loretta responded with two hits.
--RHP Adam Eaton Tuesday night made his first appearance since suffering a strained flexor tendon on the middle finger June 15. He worked the final inning, allowing only one walk. He was activated from the disabled list Monday and will work out of the bullpen until he builds his arm strength.
--SS Khalil Greene snapped out of a 4-for-40 slump by going 2-for-5 Tuesday with two RBIs.
--INF Geoff Blum was very emotional upon learning Sunday that he had been traded to the Chicago White Sox for Class AA RHP Ryan Meaux. Blum, 32, had accepted less money to sign with the Padres last winter to be close to his wife, who had triplets three months ago to give the couple four young daughters. The Blums live in San Clemente, about a 75-minute drive north of Petco Park. "The last four months were the best baseball experience of my life," said Blum, who added that he had "zero" advance notice that he was going to be traded.
--Rookie RHP Tim Stauffer was sent back to Triple-A Portland on Sunday night when the Padres activated RHP Adam Eaton from the 15-day disabled list. Stauffer, the fourth overall pick in the 2003 draft, was 3-6 with a 5.33 ERA. Stauffer had given up runs in the first inning in eight of his 14 starts.
Stauffer's spot in the rotation will be taken by RHP Chan Ho Park, whom the Padres acquired Friday from Texas in exchange for 1B Phil Nevin. Park, who flew home to Texas rather than immediately join the Padres after the trade, is scheduled to make his Padres debut Wednesday.
--C Ramon Hernandez will be out at least five to six weeks following surgery Friday to repair torn cartilage in his sprained left wrist. To patch the hole left by Hernandez -- who becomes a free agent at the end of the season -- the Padres were forced to make two trades for catchers. First, minor league SS J.J. Furmaniak was sent to Pittsburgh for David Ross. Then the Padres traded Triple-A catcher Miguel Ojeda and Double-A RHP Nathaniel Mateo to Seattle for Miguel Olivo. Olivo, 27, was hitting .154 (23-for-149) with five homers and 18 RBIs for Seattle. He is a .219 career hitter with 25 homers in 786 at-bats. Ojeda, 30, was 10-for-73 (.137) for the Padres this season before being sent to Portland, where he was hitting .196.
BY THE NUMBERS: 22-6 -- Padres' record in May, their best month ever. 18-35 -- Padres' record since June 1, the worst in the major leagues. 0 -- Homers for the Padres in their last eight games.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "It was getting worse and worse ... very painful. It was getting to be high pain. I couldn't take 20 swings in the batting cage." -- C Ramon Hernandez on why he opted to have surgery Friday (July 29) on his sprained left wrist rather than waiting to the end of the season as some teammates hoped.
C Ramon Hernandez, wrist surgery, 15-day DL.
LHP Chris Hammond, strained neck, 15-day DL.
RHP Rudy Seanez, shoulder, 15-day DL.
RHP Adam Eaton, finger, 15-day DL. CF Freddy Guzman will miss the entire season following elbow reconstruction surgery April 28.


The Diamondbacks don't appear to be in any rush to name a permanent replacement for general manager Joe Garagiola Jr., who resigned this week to accept a senior vice president role with Major League Baseball.
Bob Gebhard, an executive vice president with the club and special assistant to the GM, will handle much of the GM duties for the time being on an interim basis, with input from CEO Jeff Moorad, advisor Matt  Williams, assistant GM Bob Miller, scouting director Mike Rizzo and manager Bob Melvin.
The Diamondbacks could continue with that piecemealed plan until the end of the season, although Moorad indicated to Gebhard during a meeting on Wednesday that a full-time general manager might be named before season's end.
Gebhard and Rizzo appear to be the top two in-house candidates for the job and both want it, but Moorad, who has many connections throughout MLB from his days as one of the game's top agents, figures to draw on some of those relationships when plotting his next course of action.
There was speculation before Garagiola's resignation become official that Williams, a limited investor in the club and a special assistant to Moorad, his former agent, might be offered a chance to be groomed into the job. On Wednesday, Williams said he does not consider himself a candidate, though he continues to have Moorad's ear and weighs in on almost every single baseball decision impacting the team.
"I don't have the experience to do that job," Williams said. "... This isn't a rebuilding team where you can learn along with your young players. I'm going to get a chance to learn and I'm going to be a part of it, but I don't necessarily have to be in that role to learn."
Gebhard said he'd be interested in Garagiola's old post either way. "I've really enjoyed what I was doing this year, doing some scouting, helping out Joe, doing whatever I could to help the organization," he said. "But I'd also have interest in being the general manager, whether it be on a short-term basis or longer. But we have to get through this period of time first."
Gebhard said Moorad might act quickly if the situation presents itself, although there was a feeling from some people within the organization that the club might wait until after the season to interview candidates, when more baseball minds might be in better position to be approached and interview for the job.
Gebhard said he would welcome staying with the club if the Diamondbacks hire someone else to be GM, adding, "I'm a baseball person and I've worked for a lot of wonderful people in this game and I'm sure if someone was coming in from the outside, if he would want me, I would probably enjoy working for him."
--LHP Buddy Groom is "one of the boys" after all.
Groom, who criticized Yankees manager Joe Torre on his way out of New York, saying you can't pitch in pinstripes if you're not one of "Torre's boys," reported to the Diamondbacks and was delighted to hear about his role with his new club.
"I'll be getting to face some lefties. That's what I like. The more I pitch the better I feel and, usually, the better I do," said Groom, 40, who was acquired at the trading deadline for a player to be named or cash.
As for popping off about Torre, Groom doesn't really have any regrets. "I was just saying what I felt," he said. "I didn't get much of a chance to do anything there. I pitched four times the whole month of July.
"(Torre) had his guys at the end of the game that he used, and that's the way that it was. I was hoping to get into that mix because I knew I could help, I just never got the chance."
Groom is the fourth situational left-hander the Diamondbacks have turned to this season, although manager Bob Melvin has said he will use Groom in more situations than just facing lefties. Groom follows Randy Choate, Javier Lopez and Armanado Almanza, who was outrighted on July 22, leaving the Diamondbacks with no lefties in the bullpen.
--Bob Gebhard will take over duties as the Diamondbacks' general manager until the team finds a permanent replacement for Joe Garagiola Jr., who resigned on Monday to become a senior vice president in charge of on-field operations for Major League Baseball.
Garagiola, who joined the Diamondbacks in 1995, three years before they began play, will begin his new position overseeing the major and minor leagues, as well as international baseball, on Aug. 15.
Gebhard was the Colorado Rockies' first GM and later joined the St. Louis Cardinals as an assistant to GM Walt Jocketty. He joined the Diamondbacks this season as an executive vice president and special assistant to the GM. "This is an emotional day for me," Garagiola said in a statement. "The Diamondbacks franchise has meant so much to me and my family, and I take great pride in all that we have accomplished."
Garagiola's job status seemed to be somewhat uncertain immediately following an ownership reorganization in which founder Jerry Colangelo was ousted and power was switched to Ken Kendrick and eventually, former sports agent Jeff Moorad. But Garagiola operated on firm footing in the year since the overhaul and never appeared to be in danger of losing his job.
--RHP Brandon Medders, who had a 1.74 ERA in appearances, was optioned to Triple-A Tucson to make room on the roster for veteran LHP Buddy Groom.
--RHP Claudio Vargas' record (4-6) might not be ultra impressive, but his overall starts have been rays of sunshine for the Diamondbacks. Vargas had another tough-luck outing on Tuesday, losing a 3-1 decision to Roger Clemens and the Houston Astros. Vargas' ERA is 3.04, and he had a career-high nine strikeouts against the Astros. Filling in for the injured RHP Russ Ortiz, Vargas has pitched so well manager Bob Melvin could have a problem when Ortiz and LHP Shawn Estes return from the DL. "If he keeps pitching like that, we'll find a place for him," Melvin said.
--SS Stephen Drew, the Diamondbacks' first-round pick in 2004, was promoted to Double-A Tennessee and was expected to make his debut with the team on Tuesday. Drew, hit .289 with 10 home runs and 39 RBIs in 38 games with Class A Lancaster following a year-long contract dispute that eventually was settled. He was on a 10-game hitting streak at the time of his promotion to Tennessee.
--RHP Brandon Webb picked up his first RBI of the season on Sunday at Wrigley Field, driving in a fourth-inning run with a single off Greg Maddux, who fell to 1-8 lifetime against Arizona.
Webb snapped a five-game losing streak by limiting the Cubs to just three hits and two runs over seven innings Sunday during a 13-6 rout at Wrigley Field. Webb (9-8) chipped in with his first RBI of the season.
"I'd been stuck on eight (wins) for a long time," he said. "It's nice to finally get No. 9 out of the way."
--LF Luis Gonzalez went 2-for-3 Sunday against Greg Maddux with an RBI double and a solo home run, raising his career batting average against the right-hander to .316 in 98 at-bats with 10 homers. Said Gonzalez, "I don't even try to figure it out with him. For some reason, there's just guys you see the ball good off of, and I just felt good today. Coming to the park, I guess you know you've had some success against a guy when you come to Wrigley, I think most offensive players take a little peak at the flags and see which was it's blowing."
--By staying away from RHP Brian Bruney in a save situation a day after Bruney blew his fourth save of the season, manager Bob Melvin opened up speculation that Arizona may turn to RHP Greg Aquino, who registered 16 saves for the club last season as a rookie, until Brandon Lyon returns from a rehab assignment. Lyon had 14 saves for Arizona before going on the DL back in May with elbow problems.
--1B Tony Clark and his representatives have been in ongoing discussions with the Diamondbacks about a possible contract extension. Clark, who signed a one-year deal as a free agent, has been one of the most productive pinch hitters in the majors this season.
BY THE NUMBERS: 6 1/2 -- Games Arizona trailed first-place San Diego by on July 17. 8-6: The Diamondbacks' record since July 17 through Sunday (July 31), good enough to propel them into first place as the Padres continued to tumble.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "I told him the baseball gods usually catch you a break in your first start. ... I might have been lying a little bit." -- Manager Bob Melvin on what he said to rookie 1B Conor Jackson before his first-big league start Saturday at Wrigley Field. Jackson went 2-for-4 in the game and drove in the winning run.
C Kelly Stinnett, sprained left wrist, 15-day DL.
LHP Shawn Estes, stress fracture in left ankle, 15-day DL.
RHP Russ Ortiz, rib cage strain, 15-day DL.
RHP Oscar Villarreal, slight tear in rotator cuff, 15-day DL.
RHP Brandon Lyon, strained elbow, 15-day DL.


As time grows short in the N.L. West race, the Dodgers have put their hopes in the hands of several players very short on experience.
The Dodgers currently have eight rookies on their roster including three in the bullpen (closer Yhency Brazoban, Jonathan Broxton and Steve Schmoll), one in the starting rotation (D.J. Houlton), three in the starting lineup most days (outfielder Jason Repko, third baseman Oscar Robles and catcher Dioner Navarro) and another on the bench (Mike Edwards).
"We're talented. But we lack the experience to be consistent," veteran second baseman Jeff Kent said as the Dodgers split the first two games of a six-game road trip that will take them to Washington and Pittsburgh this weekend. "That's how it was when I was young. That's the difference between a major-leaguer and a minor-leaguer -- the consistency to put it together every day."
That lack of consistency has been obvious in the Dodgers' inability to put together any kind of a run for the top of the National League West. They have just two three-game winning streaks since the end of May and have won consecutive games just five times in the past six weeks.
GM Paul DePodesta made no move to acquire more experienced hands at the trade deadline instead saying "we're going to have to" get it done with the resources on hand.
"It was nice to hope we might have a big name in this clubhouse on the next road trip, but it didn't happen," Dodgers LHP Odalis Perez said. "We have to go out there with what we have. For now, this is what we have. Live with that."
--The Dodgers were playing short-handed while veteran LHP Wilson Alvarez decided whether he will continue his career or retire.
Alvarez, 35, did not make the trip to Washington for the three-game series that began Tuesday. Alvarez went into Dodgers manager Jim Tracy's office after losing Sunday's game on a two-run home run by Jim Edmonds in the 11th inning and told Tracy he was "going home."
Tracy and general manager Paul DePodesta spoke with Alvarez and told him not to make such a serious decision at such an emotional moment. Alvarez has been dealing with shoulder problems all season and may need surgery in order to continue his career.
"Right now, Wilson has a lot on his mind," DePodesta said. "I don't want to push him in one direction or the other. We're just trying to help him through this."
The Dodgers could place Alvarez on the disabled list while he makes his decision.
--Jose Valentin was supposed to part of the answer at third base this season after the Dodgers lost Adrian Beltre to free agency.
But Valentin hit just .194 before tearing ligaments in his right knee on a play at the plate on May 3. While Valentin spent nearly three months on the disabled list, the Dodgers searched through a handful of options. Six players have started at least a handful of games at third base -- Valentin, Olmedo Saenz, Norihiro Nakamura, Mike Edwards, Antonio Perez and Oscar Robles.
Robles has finally taken hold of the position since the All-Star break. Now that Valentin has returned from the DL, it is as part of the solution to fill another hole -- left field.
Valentin started in left Sunday and went 2 for 5 in his first game since May 3. He will continue to get a good deal of playing time there with Jayson Werth on the DL now.
"It's not new. I feel pretty comfortable there," said Valentin, who has played 26 games in the outfield during his major league career and has also played there during winter ball. "I'm not afraid. I'm not scared to go out there.
"We (Valentin and Dodgers manager Jim Tracy) talked about it. He said it's going to be best for the team right now. I just want to be in the lineup."
--The cost was prohibitive, the goods marginal. That was Dodgers GM Paul DePodesta's assessment of the trade market as he let Sunday's non-waiver deadline pass without making a deal.
"The players we most actively pursued -- I don't think any of them got traded," DePodesta said. "There were very few players that teams really coveted and, at the end of the day, I don't think any of them changed teams. "We certainly wanted to do something. I think it was just the market."
The players available, DePodesta indicated, were "complementary players" -- not difference-makers. Given that, the second-year GM weighed the cost of making a trade and elected instead to rely on resources at hand.
The Dodgers promoted two of their top prospects on Friday (July 29) -- catcher Dioner Navarro and right-hander Jonathan Broxton. Navarro is expected to step in as the everyday catcher, while Broxton is a hard-throwing addition to the bullpen.
Two days later, Jose Valentin returned from the disabled list.
"We do feel adding in the past eight days Milton Bradley (activated from the DL), Jonathan Broxton, Dioner Navarro and now Jose Valentin that we're a lot better than we were 10 days ago," DePodesta said. "Like a lot of teams, we have questions. But I definitely think we can make a run at it."
--2B Jeff Kent hit his 20th home run of the season during Tuesday's 5-4 victory over the Washington Nationals. It is the ninth season of 20 or more home runs for Kent, the most by any second baseman in baseball history.
--Since moving to first base to accommodate the promotion of C Dioner Navarro, Jason Phillips had gone 4-for-12 with two home runs and four RBIs through Tuesday. "I think there's more pressure offensively when you play first base," said Phillips, who led National League catchers with 44 RBIs before the move. "There's not going to be too many plays that are going to change the game defensively at first base."
--1B Hee-Seop Choi's home run in the eighth inning Tuesday was his first since he hit seven in four games June 10-14. It was also the first pinch-hit home run of his major-league career.
--The Dodgers used three rookie relievers to close out the game in the final two innings of Tuesday's 5-4 victory over the Washington Nationals -- Steve Schmoll, Jonathan Broxton and Yhency Brazoban. They allowed two runs (one unearned) on three hits and two walks. "Over the course of the next two months, you're going to have to find things out," manager Jim Tracy said. "So you're going to have to throw them in the water."
--The Dodgers hit four home runs Tuesday, matching their season-high. No visiting team had hit more than two in a game at RFK Stadium this season and only 25 total in the first 50 games there this season.
--RHP Derek Lowe will get an extra day off between starts in order to let the blister on his right thumb heal. Lowe has been bothered by the blister most of the season, but the problem got worse in his most recent start, Saturday against the St. Louis Cardinals. Dodgers manager Jim Tracy said the team is not considering skipping Lowe for a start. "Not right now. We'll see what the extra day does for him," Tracy said.
--RHP Duaner Sanchez made 15 relief appearances in July and had a 1.76 ERA (3 earned runs in 15 1/3 innings).
--The Dodgers made their first road trip this week to Washington, new home of the Nationals (formerly the Montreal Expos). The last time the Dodgers played in Washington, D.C., was at District of Columbia Stadium (now RFK Stadium) on April 10 and 11, 1965, when they played the Washington Senators in two preseason exhibition games.
--OF Jayson Werth was placed on the 15-day disabled list Sunday, retroactive to July 27, with an inflamed bursa sac in his left knee. Werth had fluid drained from the knee on Wednesday but continued to have pain in the joint. He may have to have the bursa sac removed surgically in the offseason.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "We certainly wanted to do something. I think it was just the market." -- GM Paul DePodesta on lack of activity before Sunday's trade deadline.
LF Jayson Werth, left knee bursitis, 15-day DL.
LHP Kelly Wunsch, sprained right ankle, 15-day DL.
CF J.D. Drew, broken left wrist, 15-day DL.
RHP Eric Gagne, elbow surgery, 15-day DL.
C Paul Bako, sprained left knee, 15-day DL.
3B Jose Valentin, partial tears of the medial collateral and posterior cruciate ligaments and a less serious tear to the anterior cruciate ligament, 60-day DL.
RHP Darren Dreifort (recovering from knee, hip and shoulder surgeries) will not pitch in 2005, career in doubt.


Classy Marquis Grissom, 38, will be missed as the Giants slog through their final weeks of a lost season.
Silently, Grissom and the Giants cut ties, one day after Barry Bonds made a splash by announcing his season appears over, embarrassing Giants management once again with his surprising remarks to mlb.com.
Conversely, Grissom simply said his goodbyes at his locker, surrounded by beat writers.
Perhaps it was more fitting. Certainly more professional.
Not that Grissom is gone for good. He's staying around the clubhouse after being designated for assignment because the Giants have 10 days to release him, trade him or outright him to the minors (which won't happen).
The Giants had to make a move when adding newcomer Randy Winn to the roster, and they left Jason Ellison alone.
"I'm not sad about anything," Grissom said. "It's been good. It's been fun." Tuesday, Winn debuted as the Giants' new center fielder.
--It seemed odd that Barry Bonds' doctor issued a statement Tuesday suggesting Bonds isn't totally shelved for 2005.
Through the Giants, Dr. Lewis Yocum, the latest person to oversee Bonds' rehab from three right knee surgeries, said: "I continue to be pleased with Barry's rehabilitation progress. I have seen improvement in terms of weight, strength and functional activities. While some swelling remains in the knee, it is minimal and not unusual for this level of activity. At this point, I cannot give a definitive answer to when or if he will play in 2005."
It came one day after Bonds told MLB.com -- baseball's official Web site -- "I don't think you're going to see me out there this year."
It was widely reported that the Giants were shocked to hear of Bonds' comments, and it's speculated that they figure Barry was just being Barry, not necessarily meaning what he was saying.
--The Giants' No. 1 aim before the trade deadline was strengthening the rotation for this year and next. They made one move Saturday, but it was for a center fielder -- Seattle's Randy Winn.
The Giants dealt pitcher Jesse Foppert and backup catcher Yorvit Torrealba to the Mariners for Winn, who's making $3.75 million this year with a $5 million club option for 2006.
Last winter, the Giants tried landing a center fielder, including Steve Finley and Scott Podesednik, but settled on elderly Marquis Grissom and then rookie Jason Ellison.
They finally have a proven speedster to work between Barry Bonds, if he returns, and Moises Alou.
Manager Felipe Alou called Winn, 31, "a spring chicken here."
"He's a National League player in the American League," GM Brian Sabean said. "He's very well-rounded. He's fast. He's had some run production, including hitting the ball over the wall. His doubles are attractive, plus his ability to steal a base.
"He has a very good record for a switch-hitter who can help us offensively and defensively."
Winn, who has ties to the Bay Area -- San Ramon Valley High School and Santa Clara University -- hit .275 for Seattle with an on-base percentage of .342.
Torrealba (.226 in 34 games), was getting little playing time behind Mike Matheny, and Foppert (the team's second pick in the 2001 draft from USF) hasn't returned to his form before his Tommy John surgery.
--CF Marquis Grissom was designated for assignment, and the Giants have 10 days to trade or release Grissom -- or send him to the minors. The club had to make a roster move after adding Randy Winn, acquired Saturday from Seattle. Grissom has been slowed by a strained left hamstring. For now, he'll hang out with the team and continue rehabbing. He's hitting .212 with two homers and 15 RBIs.
--C Mike Matheny was placed on the bereavement list because his grandfather was gravely ill. He's expected to return Thursday. The Giants were able to replace him on the roster with C Justin Knoedler from Triple-A Fresno.
--C Yamid Haad started Tuesday and made an error (he dropped a popup) that led to three unearned runs. Haad replaced C Yorvit Torrealba on the roster after Torrealba and RHP Jesse Foppert were traded to Seattle for OF Randy Winn.
--OF Moises Alou exited in the third inning Tuesday with a tight right hamstring and was not in the lineup Wednesday. He pulled up running the bases, going from first to third on a Ray Durham single.
--RHP Armando Benitez pitched one inning Monday for Class A San Jose, throwing 14 pitches and facing three batters. It was his first rehab start after he underwent hamstring surgery, which could keep him out the rest of the season. He was hurt on April 26 while running to first base to cover the bag.
--LHP Jason Christiansen, mentioned in trade rumors before Sunday's deadline, has a tender left knee.
--LHP Noah Lowry pitched five scoreless innings of two-hit ball Sunday, but he lost control in the sixth and required bullpen relief. He plunked a b