Player News - Giants

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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

Nick Hundley slugged two home runs in the Giants' 5-3 Cactus League win over the Padres on Tuesday.

Hundley had a solo shot off Padres starter Trevor Cahill in the bottom of the second and a three-run bomb against reliever Kevin Quackenbush in the bottom of the seventh. San Francisco's new backup catcher is batting .323 with a .986 OPS in 39 plate appearances this spring.
Mar 21 - 7:22 PM

Madison Bumgarner went two scoreless innings in his Cactus League start Tuesday versus the Padres.

The short outing was by design with spring training running longer than normal this year. Bumgarner got in some extra work in the bullpen afterward and should be 100 percent for the opening of the 2017 regular season. He struck out three of the eight batters he faced on Tuesday.
Mar 21 - 7:13 PM

Michael Morse (hamstring) is expected to be out for "a while."

In other words, Morse won't be ready for the season. It's too bad, as he was beginning to look like the favorite for the fifth outfielder job. Assuming Morse wants to continue his comeback attempt, he'll likely need to play in extended spring training and perhaps in some minor league games before potentially joining the Giants.
Mar 21 - 3:29 PM

Michael Morse injured his left hamstring rounding first base during Monday's Cactus League game.

The severity of the issue isn't yet known. The 36-year-old Morse has made an interesting case for a spot on the Opening Day roster by batting .258/.343/.516 with two homers, two doubles, and six RBI over 14 games this spring.
Mar 21 - 2:23 PM

Bryan Morris was diagnosed with a fracture in his foot.

Morris, a non-roster invitee, will be shut down from throwing for a couple of weeks. He's been limited to just two appearances during Cactus League action and will get a late start on the 2017 season.
Mar 21 - 2:12 PM


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