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EXTRAS: Runzler update, Melkys monster spring

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EXTRAS: Runzler update, Melkys monster spring

Dan Runzler is on the shelf after aggravating his latissimusdorsi muscle, but said he is feeling better after receiving a platelet-richplasma treatment in San Francisco on Thursday.The initial timeframe of a return to throwing has been scaled back from threeto four weeks to two to three weeks.Before flying to San Francisco for the PRP treatment,Runzler visited noted surgeon Dr. James Andrews, who looked at Runzlers MRIsand determined that surgery wouldnt be necessary. Runzler went 1-2 with a 6.26 ERA last season and left the Giants final game ofthe regular season with a tear in his lat muscle.

--Maybe Melky Cabrera is hearing the peanut gallery callinghis 2011 breakout season a fluke.RELATED: Posey, Sanchez return; Giants beat Reds 6-3
After hitting .305 with 18 home runs and 87 RBIs with the Kansas City Royalslast season, he was shipped to San Francisco for Jonathan Sanchez. There isskepticism among media members and fans that he cant match his career yearnumbers from 2011.But Cabrera is off to a blazing hot start in the Cactus League, including histhird home run of the spring Friday. Cabrera took Reds righty Sam LeCure deep on a towering two-run shot way over theright-field fence in the 3rd inning.For the spring, Cabrera is hitting .588 with six RBIs and only one strikeout in17 at bats. --Brandon Belt was the only other Giant to homer against theReds, as he sent Chad Reinekes 3-1 pitch over the wall in right field in the 8thinning.It was Belts second shot of the springand upped his average to .389. Belt didnt get the start on Friday, butentered the game as a defensive replacement for Nate Schierholtz in right fieldin the 6th inning.Belt also flashed the leather in right, catching a sinking line drive off hisshoetops to rob Miguel Rojas of a hit in the 8th inning.
RELATED: Sanchez has quiet debut, may start at second base Monday
--The Giants have confirmed an earlier report of a one-yearagreement with Madison Bumgarner. The team also announced that they have agreedto terms on contracts for all 19 of their players with 0-to-3 years of servicetime. One such player is Buster Posey, who made 575,000 last season.--Heath Hembree had been perfect so far this spring heading into Fridays game,pitching two scoreless innings with two strikeouts.The hard-throwing closer-in-waiting allowed his first run of the spring againstthe Reds, as he was called upon in the ninth and gave up an RBI double toDaniel Dorn after issuing a one-out walk to Wilson Valdez.Hembree rebounded by striking out the next two batters to end the game and givethe Giants a 6-3 win.RELATED: Giants' Cain in midseason form after two spring starts
In his last outing, Hembrees velocity was reportedly down and it didnt liveup to the hype on Friday, either. While the 94-96 he hit Friday is nothing to laugh at, Hembree has made a namefor himself by living in the 98-100 range last season with San Jose andRichmond.--One last light note to close out the final post of the day from Scottsdale.After taking batting practice, Buster Posey walked back to the dugout to achorus of screaming kids asking for his autograph.Posey obliged and began to take sharpies, jerseys and baseballs from allangles.As he was signing, one young fan asked him Buster, why areyou so good?Before Posey could answer (as if he could come up with a humble response),another youngster handled the question for him: Because he just is

Good news, bad news for Chris Shaw's first week in the Arizona Fall League

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Good news, bad news for Chris Shaw's first week in the Arizona Fall League

Every time the Journey song “Lights” plays throughout AT&T Park, the lyrics When the lights go down in the City ring too true for the Giants’ offense. There’s a power outage in San Francisco. 

The savior to this issue can soon be prospect Chris Shaw, who turns 24 years old on Oct. 20. Shaw, along with five other Giants prospects, is continuing his 2017 season among a multitude of baseball’s best young up-and-comers in the Arizona Fall League. As he takes the field for the Scottsdale Scorpions, Shaw’s bat is far from the top focus for the Giants. 

After playing right and left field at Boston College, the Giants turned Shaw into a first baseman once they selected the 6-foot-4, 235-pound lefty in 2015. This year, the Giants’ front office decided to make a change. As the big league team continued to look for their own answers, Shaw saw himself in left field in 94 of the 125 games he played between Double-A and Triple-A this season. 

“I saw improvements through the course of the year,” Brian Sabean said about Shaw’s outfield defense on The Giants Insider Podcast. “The problem is playing left field in our left field isn’t necessarily the easiest thing to do.” 

The AFL is all about reps in left field for Shaw as the Giants have already said he will get a long look in spring training. He earned that right after a breakout year at the plate.

One week into the AFL though, Shaw’s bat is way behind. Through four games, Shaw is batting a pedestrian .133 (2-for-15), both hits being singles. But even in such a slow start there are positives. 

Shaw has walked three times to only two strikeouts. His only downfall at the plate once he reached Triple-A Sacramento was his on-base percentage fell from .390 in Double-A to .328 at the higher level. With the River Cats, Shaw struck out 106 times, leading the team, while taking his base 20 times.

One week in the desert, Shaw is showing more patience and putting the ball into play more often. The ball simply isn’t finding grass.

In the outfield, every ball Shaw sees -- practice or game -- during the AFL is a step in the right direction for he and the Giants. He is yet to make an error in his short time at the AFL. The big lefty will never be a guy to make the spectacular play, but if he improves his instincts with the glove and improves his eye at the plate, the Giants can finally have their left fielder of the future. 

Former Giants infielder replaces Dodgers' star shortstop on NLCS roster

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Former Giants infielder replaces Dodgers' star shortstop on NLCS roster

LOS ANGELES — Shortstop Corey Seager has been left off the Los Angeles Dodgers' roster for the NL Championship Series against the Chicago Cubs.

The Dodgers announced Seager's surprise omission due to a back injury on Saturday, several hours before Game 1 at Dodger Stadium.

Los Angeles also dropped reliever Pedro Baez from its roster. Infielder Charlie Culberson and outfielder Joc Pederson were added.

Chicago made only one change from the last playoff round, adding reliever Hector Rondon and removing reliever Justin Wilson.

Seager complained of back soreness during the Dodgers' NL Division Series clincher in Arizona on Monday, and 2016 NL Rookie of the Year didn't participate in team workouts this week. Still, manager Dave Roberts said Friday that he was very optimistic that Seager would play in the NLCS.

Seager was an All-Star selection this season while batting .295 with 22 homers and 77 RBIs as a key part of the top of the Dodgers' lineup.

Kike Hernandez, Chris Taylor and Culberson all worked out at shortstop Friday for the Dodgers. The versatile Taylor was the Dodgers' center fielder during the NLDS, but he made 96 appearances in the outfield this season and 44 in the infield, including 14 games at shortstop.

Pederson is batting .071 with no homers since July, but the Dodgers could need him in center field if Taylor plays shortstop.

Culberson famously homered to clinch the Dodgers' NL West title in announcer Vin Scully's final home game last season, but the infielder spent most of this season at Triple-A, appearing in only 14 games for the Dodgers.

Rondon was the Cubs' closer in 2014 and 2015, but moved to a setup role last season after Aroldis Chapman's arrival. He appeared in 61 regular-season games this year, going 4-1 with a 4.24 ERA in an up-and-down campaign.

Chicago acquired Wilson in a trade with Detroit on July 31, adding a veteran left-handed reliever who had 13 saves for the Tigers this season. The Southern California native wasn't great in his two months with the Cubs, posting a 5.09 ERA with 19 walks in 23 appearances.

Manager Joe Maddon chose Wilson for the NLDS over Rondon, only to switch it up against the Dodgers.