The Giants have won four straight games. There’s adequate compression in all cylinders—well, kind of. The closing committee looked rather shaky in Monday’s win over the Dodgers, but nevertheless they snagged their fifth win in eight chances against their long-time rival. Soon they will welcome back a handful of healthy players as rehab assignments begin and activation dates are set.
Mark Melancon, who fell to the 10-day disabled list on May 9 with a mild right pronator strain, threw 22 pitches Monday and a similar, but not confirmed, amount Tuesday. Manager Bruce Bochy stated he will be activated Friday when the Giants visit the Cardinals and proceeded with his evaluation of yesterday’s bullpen session.
“He came out of it fine yesterday, but to rush it before Friday would be a little risky,” Bochy said.
Reports yesterday said the off-season acquired, high-priced closer could be activated as soon as Tuesday, but the team decided to utilize Thursday’s travel day to soak up two days off before rejoining. He’ll throw again Wednesday and be activated with zero restrictions and ready to go “full bore.”
Utility infielder—who appeared in the Giants’ battered outfield earlier in the season—Aaron Hill is beginning his rehab assignment (right forearm strain) with Class-A San Jose Tuesday in Vasalia—his home town. He’ll be restricted to designated hitting and is expected to start throwing by the end of the week.
And Conor Gillaspie, who was placed on the DL with back spasms, will hang back when the team heads out on the road following the three game series against the Dodgers. He is due to start his rehab on Friday in Triple-A Sacramento.
The Giants have four players on the 10-day DL. The aforementioned and outfielder Hunter Pence. Pence’s issue was more of a precautionary deal, one where they knew they couldn’t afford to put to much weight on a minor issue and risk long layoff. And so what this means is the front office will soon have some decisions to make—who’s staying, who’s going.
The likely infielder to go is Kelby Tomlinson. Outfield is potentially a tougher decision. Most recent call-up was Mac Williamson in place of Pence, and Williamson is swinging a productive stick right now. He came in hot from Sacramento and debuted going 2-for-4 with an RBI and run. Gorky’s Hernandez—better known for his glove than his bat—is still below .200 and 2-for-his-last-17. And Michael Morse and Justin Ruggiano are a combined 10-for-45 on the season, though both each have more hits than Hill did in his 12-game stint (3-for-25).
“We’re going to have to find a spot for them,” Bochy said. “I always say these things have a way of working out. We’ll see where we’re at when they’re ready to come up.”