Will Barry Bonds move up from the fourth to third on the lineup to give him a first inning plate appearance?
The Giants recalled reliever David Aardsma
and demoted Noah Lowry
so he can start every fifth game with Triple-A Fresno. Aardsma might see some late-game action, given how Felix Rodriguez
has struggled as the setup man.
The Giants will alter their rotation after the All-Star break. If Jason Schmidt pitches in the All-Star Game, he'd probably get a four-game rest and start July 18 in Colorado. Dustin Hermanson, Jerome Williams, Brett Tomko and Kirk Rueter would fill the gaps.
PITCHERS TO WATCH:
RHP Jerome Williams must improve his mechanics, the Giants say, adding he needs to pitch over the top more. Otherwise, he puts strain on his arm. Williams was scratched from a start in L.A. because of biceps tendinitis.
RHP Dustin Hermanson threw back-to-back gems against the Dodgers (6 2/3 innings) and A's (seven innings). While he beat the Dodgers, the bullpen blew a late-game lead against the A's. He had hoped manager Felipe Alou would give him the chance to pitch deep in the game, and he's finally getting it.
RHP Jesse Foppert hopes to be available in September, 12 months after he underwent Tommy John surgery. He has pitched in simulated games and said he expects to begin a minor league rehab assignment in two weeks.
LINEUP LOWDOWN: There's still talk of moving Barry Bonds from fourth to third in the lineup in the second half, which would mean he'd get a first-inning plate appearance. With such an alignment, Ray Durham and Marquis Grissom could be the 1-2 hitters, and Edgardo Alfonzo could bat fourth.
POSITION PLAYERS TO WATCH:
2B Ray Durham has been erratic on defense. Saturday (July 3), he made three errors. He dropped Scott Hatteberg's popup and opened the door for a four-run A's rally in the ninth. That's 10 errors in 41 starts at second.
LF Barry Bonds still doesn't get many chances, but he takes advantages of the ones he gets. In a three-game series against the Dodgers, Bonds drew four walks in four plate appearances in the opener. In the second game, he was hit by a Hideo Nomo pitch in his first trip. Next time up, he finally swung. It was a home run.
OF Dustan Mohr is hitting in the .250 range, pretty much what he hit in Minnesota last year. But he's hitting nearly .300 since May 2 after a brutal start. He was hitting .179 on June 12.
MEDICAL WATCH: RHP Robb Nen (right shoulder tendinitis) is coming off three shoulder surgeries and won't pitch this season. RHP Jesse Foppert is sidelined following Tommy John surgery. LHP Jason Christiansen has mild shoulder tendinitis and is close to returning.
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