Player News - Giants

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Brandon Belt socked a three-run homer off Jon Gray in a 6-5 win over the Rockies in Cactus League action on Friday.

It was his third homer of the spring. The 28-year-old has never hit more than 18 homers in a season before and it’s tough to forecast a major improvement given where he plays half of his games, but his strong on-base ability still offers considerable value. He was fifth in the majors in walk percentage and ninth in on-base percentage last season.
Mar 24 - 7:32 PM

Jeff Samardzija gave up two hits over four scoreless innings against the Rockies on Friday.

It was a big improvement from his most recent outings. Samardzjia was efficient, throwing 31 out of 47 pitches for strikes while striking out three and walking none. He got some extra work in the bullpen after leaving the game. The 32-year-old compiled a 3.81 ERA and 1.20 WHIP over 32 starts during his first season with the Giants and should continue to be a useful fantasy starter in that environment.
Mar 24 - 7:32 PM

Giants released RHP David Hernandez.

Hernandez requested and was granted his released after being told he wasn't going to make the Opening Day roster. The veteran reliever posted a 4.76 ERA over six relief appearances this spring. He has struck out over a batter per inning during his career and shouldn't be out of a job long.
Mar 24 - 3:52 PM

Will Smith will undergo Tommy John surgery on his left elbow next week.

A pair of doctors recommended it, and Smith has decided to go under the knife now rather than risk a failed rehab attempt that could delay his start to 2018. Dr. Neal ElAttrache will perform the operation in Los Angeles. Smith is under team control through 2019.
Mar 24 - 2:25 PM

Both Dr. Ken Akizuki in San Francisco and Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles have recommended that Will Smith (elbow) undergo Tommy John surgery.

Smith won't officially decide until sometime on Friday, but it's easy to see where this is headed. The left-handed reliever has dealt with an elbow issue for much of camp and had a setback in a game earlier this week. Steven Okert, Josh Osich and Ty Blach could be needed later in the games for the Giants now with Smith slated to miss the season.
Source: CSN Bay Area
Mar 24 - 8:15 AM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports the Blue Jays and Phillies have shown interest in free agent Angel Pagan.

Pagan had a deal fall through with Baltimore after failing a physical this month, but looked healthy in the World Baseball Classic, hitting .286 in eight games for runner-up Puerto Rico. The 35-year-old has received minor league offers but is reportedly holding out for a major league deal in the range of $5 million. His market should pick up as we near Opening Day.
Mar 23 - 9:54 PM

An MRI on Eduardo Nunez's right shoulder determined that surgery won't be necessary.

Nunez's right shoulder has bothered him all spring but at least he won't need surgery. He had a cortisone shot on Wednesday, which should dull the pain, at least temporarily. Nunez's goal is to be ready for Opening Day against the Diamondbacks on April 2. That gives him 10 days to get healthy.
Mar 23 - 6:45 PM

Giants released INF Gordon Beckham.

Beckham reportedly asked for his release. He was always a long shot to make the team with so many mouths to feed in San Francisco's crowded infield. Beckham was due a $100,000 retention bonus on March 28, which was also a contributing factor in his release. The 30-year-old hit just .194 over 36 Cactus League at-bats.
Mar 23 - 6:00 PM

Angel Pagan went 2-for-4 with a double in Puerto Rico's loss to the United States in Wednesday's World Baseball Classic final.

Pagan played spoiler in this one, as his double against Marcus Stroman to lead off the bottom of the seventh inning was the first hit of the game for Puerto Rico. Alas, the game was all but over at that point -- the United States held a 7-0 lead at the time of Pagan's two-bagger. The veteran outfielder remains a free agent as the season nears. He reportedly had a contract agreement with the Orioles that fell through earlier in March due to a failed physical.
Mar 23 - 12:56 AM

Denard Span crushed a two-run homer Wednesday in the Giants’ Cactus League win over the Brewers.

The two-run blast was his only hit of the afternoon. It was also Span’s first home run of the spring. The 33-year-old hasn’t brought his A game to Arizona, hitting just .189 with seven strikeouts in 37 Cactus League at-bats. Hopefully he’ll get going once the regular season starts.
Mar 22 - 8:13 PM

Matt Cain took his lumps Wednesday in the Giants’ Cactus League win over the Brewers, surrendering seven hits, four runs and one walk over five sluggish frames.

He ended the day with four strikeouts. Cain barely made it out of the first inning, allowing hits to Keon Broxton, Ryan Braun, Domingo Santana and Jesus Aguilar before mercifully inducing a Jett Bandy popup for the final out of the frame. The Brewers didn't score again until the fourth inning, but it was still a shaky outing for the veteran right-hander. Cain’s career has been in steady decline for several years now and he should be on a short leash in 2017.
Mar 22 - 8:12 PM

Eduardo Nunez (shoulder) had a cortisone shot and is expected to be out for the next 2-3 days.

Nunez has been bothered by right shoulder soreness throughout the spring. That has not alleviated yet. The 29-year-old infielder will take a little time to try to rest up before the final stretch run of spring training. Should this issue continue to linger, it could put Opening Day at risk. For now, rest.
Mar 22 - 7:09 PM

Will Smith (elbow) will seek a second opinion from Dr. Neal El-Attrache.

An MRI taken earlier this week confirmed that Smith has a sprain and strain in his left elbow. Tommy John surgery is a very real possibility, but before Smith makes the decision to undergo the serious procedure, he is keeping his options open. His check-up with Dr. El-Attrache should help clarify what course of action the reliever will take moving forward. Prior to being diagnosed with the elbow injury, Smith was expected to act as a setup man to Mark Melancon.
Mar 22 - 7:04 PM

Mac Williamson (quad) is expected to miss a couple weeks of action.

So, he won't be ready for Opening Day, obviously. Williamson was having a nice spring, going 11-for-34 with two homers, but now it looks like he could be out for much of April. He was competing with Jarrett Parker for at-bats in left field.
Mar 21 - 7:29 PM

An MRI has confirmed that Will Smith has a sprain and strain in his left elbow.

The next step for the reliever hasn't been decided yet, but Tommy John surgery is certainly a distinct possibility. It would obviously mean the end of the season for Smith, who is under team control through 2019. It's certainly a big blow to a Giants bullpen that was counting on Smith to be a setup man.
Mar 21 - 7:27 PM


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