With the Giants offense struggling of late, batting just .192 with Angel Pagan and Hunter Pence on the disabled list, Bruce Bochy said that he and the front office have had talks about adding a right-handed bat to balance their lineup. Bochy was far from specific, except in regards to players that San Francisco has brought up, like Mac Williamson, to help fill the void in the outfield.
"We've talked about some different things. Tomlinson, that was a surprise to all of us losing him. He could have helped out some there. We're always talking about any way we can improve the club, whether internally or maybe something outside that makes sense." Of course, the Giants have been linked in rumors with the visiting Milwaukee Brewers over the last 24 hours, with the Giants reportedly having initial discussions with the Brewers about Ryan Braun. It's likely not a deal that will happen, but there is a need to add some outfield depth, particularly a player that bats right-handed, and Braun fits both needs.
Bochy also noted that Brandon Belt has the ability to carry the team, and even though they've gone through a stretch of lefties, he had two big home runs. "It was a good thing, because we're left-handed right now. The way he's swinging and getting on base, he's going to stay in the three spot."
The plan for Pagan, who has been rehabbing with Triple-A Sacramento is that he will play tonight, get Tuesday off and return to the Giants on Wednesday.
Cain will be on a little bit of a leash tonight, and Bochy did say that they will be watching him on the mound for any lingering effects. "He did get pretty stretched out throwing to hitters, but we'll watch his pitch limit. He should be fine if the innings aren't stressful and he does his normal thing."
Chris Stratton, who was sent to Sacramento to make room for Cain on Monday, will return to the starting rotation for the River Cats upon his return. "The little bit that he pitched, he handled himself well. It's not an easy job, the life of a long man. You sit for a while. Could be a week, ten days, and then you have to get it going again and throw strikes while having your good stuff."
Bochy continued to talk about Stratton, saying, "It's good for him to get a taste of what it's about. I liked his stuff. He made a lot of improvements with his command, and the angle he was getting on his fastball and breaking ball was better. He's developing. That's what you want to see from these kids."
The plan is still to develop Stratton as a starter, but Bochy did note that they can adjust from the rotation to anywhere.
Speaking of the bullpen, Bochy was asked if the bullpen, which has notably been used a lot in small amounts recently, was going to be at full strength for Monday's game. A reporter said, "You've used a lot of bullpen arms." Bochy, with a smile, replied, "No I haven't. You must be watching MLB channel."
In all seriousness, Bochy did say that he may stay away from Santiago Casilla tonight, whose only off days last week were the scheduled ones for the entire team, and in each of the weekend games with Los Angeles. Both the Red Sox and Dodgers hung a loss on the Giant closer.