Bochy on future: This is 'certainly not the way I want to go out'


Bochy on future: This is 'certainly not the way I want to go out'

SAN FRANCISCO — The scene became a familiar one, played out over and over again during the course of one of the most disappointing seasons in MLB history. The Giants would do something bad — hit into a double play to end a threat, give up a three-run homer, let a harmless fly ball drop in the outfield, you name it — and the cameras would pan to the top step of the dugout. 

Manager Bruce Bochy often looked like he couldn’t believe what he was watching. During a loss to the Padres, he gave some signs to a coach and then waved his hands, as if to say, “Oh, what does it matter?” When the Giants were losing to the A’s one night, he was shown sitting completely still, hands at his hips, seemingly shocked by what he was watching. At the end of one inning against the Braves, he rubbed a hand through his hair, tugged his cap back on, and folded into a sleeping pose on the dugout rail. 

Those are scenes that make you wonder if this is still fun. Throw in several health scares over the past couple of years and it’s easy to wonder how much longer a man headed to the Hall of Fame can handle managing this type of baseball. But don’t think about it for long, Bochy said this week. His three-year extension goes through 2019 and those close to him believe there’s no chance he doesn’t see that through. For now, during an interview for this week’s Giants Insider Podcast, Bochy said his focus is on bouncing back in 2018.  

“As we go into 2018, I know this is what I want to do,” he said. “Now, I might change my mind after that year or (my bosses) may change their minds. And you never know when it’s going to hit you, when enough is enough, but at this stage it’s certainly not the way I want to go out. I want to leave the Giants organization better than when I came here and I want to get this team back on track. This is my passion.”

Bochy, who turned 62 in April, recently became the first manager to win 900 games for two organizations. It’s a resume that’s almost unmatched, and while he intends to keep adding to it, he acknowledged that he could feel different next September. 

“It’s hard to say, and sometimes you don’t have a say. I understand that,” he said. “There’s the old joke they may retire me for health reasons because they’re sick and tired of me, which I get. But at the same time, this is what I want to do and I’m looking forward to — after this year — getting ready for spring training.”

The Giants have plenty of holes to fill, and Bochy talked about that during our discussion. He also gave his thoughts on what made Matt Cain special, the future of his outfield, the need to inject some power into this lineup, and much more. You can stream the entire conversation here or listen to it on iTunes here. 

Dodgers lose Justin Turner to broken wrist after getting hit by pitch vs A's


Dodgers lose Justin Turner to broken wrist after getting hit by pitch vs A's

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Los Angeles third baseman Justin Turner's broken left wrist is expected to heal without surgery, according to Los Angeles manager Dave Roberts.

Turner was hurt Monday when hit by a pitch from Oakland's Kendall Graveman.

Turner arrived at the Dodgers spring training facility with a cast over his wrist Tuesday morning and was scheduled to see a hand specialist for an estimate of the time he could miss.

"We know that it's not a surgery thing, it's just essentially time," Roberts said. "That's the initial thought. That could change but that's what I've heard."

Turner hit .322 with 21 homers and 71 RBIs last year and was a first-time All-Star. He had 14 RBIs against the Chicago Cubs in the NL Championship Series and was voted MVP.

The Dodgers appear poised to move Logan Forsythe from second base to third in Turner's absence and have Enrique Hernandez and Chase Utley share time at second.

"It obviously makes a lot of sense to have Logan over there a lot more at third, and to kind of put together some guys at second base, and leave Chris (Taylor) in center field," Roberts said.

Backup catcher Austin Barnes also could see time at second base.

Giants' outfield picture becoming clearer after latest round of roster cuts


Giants' outfield picture becoming clearer after latest round of roster cuts

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants moved closer to setting their opening day roster on Monday when they made a significant round of cuts to their spring training roster. 

A total of 15 players were reassigned or optioned, bringing the total to 31 players remaining in camp. Many of the players cut Monday entered the spring competing for jobs. 

In the outfield, Mac Williamson and Austin Slater were optioned to Triple-A and Chris Shaw was reassigned to minor league camp. Williamson had a huge spring and was the likeliest of the trio to push for an opening day spot, but he'll start his year in the minors. Steven Duggar was not among the cuts, and he remains an option to make the team, with the Giants also looking at Gregor Blanco, Gorkys Hernandez and Jarrett Parker for backup spots. Hernandez and Parker are out of minor league options. 

Tyler Beede was optioned and Andrew Suarez was reassigned to minor league camp, leaving three players vying for the final two rotation spots. Ty Blach and Chris Stratton have been the favorites all along, although both struggled the last time out and Derek Holland has had a strong spring. 

Both backup catchers -- Trevor Brown and Hector Sanchez -- were reassigned, along with Orlando Calixte, who saw time in the big leagues last year. Joan Gregorio, Jose Valdez, Justin O'Conner and Kyle Jensen were also reassigned. Chase d'Arnaud, who appeared to be making a strong push, was on the list, too, leaving Josh Rutledge as the only competition for Kelby Tomlinson for the final infield spot. 

Finally, Derek Law and Roberto Gomez were optioned to Triple-A. Josh Osich remains and appears the frontrunner for a bullpen job. Julian Fernandez, the Rule 5 pick, also remains in camp. 

The Giants break camp on Friday.