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EXTRAS: Surkamp's success, injury updates, Batman vs. Superman

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EXTRAS: Surkamp's success, injury updates, Batman vs. Superman

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- After starting his spring with a roughouting, Eric Surkamp allowed one run in three innings for the second straightstart Sunday against the Seattle Mariners.Surkamp limited the Mariners to three hits, didnt walk a batter andstruck out three. He threw 29 of his 43 pitches for strikes and was throwingboth his curveball and slider.In his first start of the spring, the young lefty allowed three runs in just1.1 innings, but he has rebounded since.Hes been better each time out, Giants manger Bruce Bochysaid. He looks confident, threw more strikes, had a better rhythm.Surkamp was happy with how he mixed in a lot of breakingballs against the Mariners.RELATED: Posey plays four innings, nabs base-stealer
I left a couple of them up in the zone that I got away with, but for the mostpart I was pretty happy with keeping it down, he said. I felt like it hadgood bite to it.--Surkamp would likely be called upon to be the Giants No. 5 starter if RyanVogelsong starts the season on the disabled list, but the 2011 Willie Mac Awardwinner is making progress after throwing 35 pitches in a bullpen sessionSunday.The plan is for Vogelsong to throw another 45 pitches in thebullpen in a couple of days.

They want me to make sure my stamina is okay and everything first, Vogelsongsaid. But everything feels good; back feels good, arm feels good.Bochy was happy with Vogelsongs bullpen, but is definitely playing it safe.The back can be quirky, Bochy said. You want to makesure hes 100 before you start getting live action. You dont need a setback.Now youre looking at a longer period of time before he comes back so we arebeing a little cautious.RELATED: Posey helps Wilson make scoreless spring debutBochy said the Giants dont need a fifth starter until April15th against the Pittsburgh Pirates, which gives Vogelsong more timeto get healthy.--In other injured Giants news, Nate Schierholtz toldreporters that he bruised his hip playing Saturday.Schierholtz was taking batting practice on Sunday, however, and said he "feelsfine" and expects to play Monday.--Another day, another two home run game from a Giants catchingprospect.After Tommy Joseph launched two balls over the left-fieldfence Saturday, Hector Sanchez matched him with two home runs, one from eitherside of the plate.The switch-hitting catcher is now batting .500 with three home runs and eightRBIs in just 14 at-bats.--

Gregor Blanco continues to makea case for a 25-man roster spot.The non-roster invitee went 2-for-3 and stole his fifth base of the spring.He could offer Bochy speed and defense off the bench as the teams fourthoutfielder if they decide to dedicate a spot to him on the Opening Day roster.--As the Giants were stretching early Sunday morning, Brian Wilson and TimLincecum were keeping it loose by arguing about who would win in a fight between Superman and Batman.Its an age-old debate and one that Craig Calcaterra of Harball Talk is morequalified to settle, so Ill let him take it from here.

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.

Bochy, Giants issue statement following manager's heart procedure

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Bochy, Giants issue statement following manager's heart procedure

Bruce Bochy's minor offseason heart procedure went as planned, the team announced Friday afternoon. 

In a message passed along to beat reporters, Bochy said "the procedure went extremely well and I'm feeling better. I'm grateful for the doctors and want to thank everyone who has reached out with well wishes."

Bochy, 62, had an ablation procedure to help him deal with heart issues that have plagued him in recent years. The operation was his second of the year, but it was considered minor enough that it could be pushed back to the end of the season.

Cleveland's Terry Francona had a similar procedure this year and returned to manage, and Bochy has left no doubt about his future. 

“I don’t want anyone to think this has an effect on my work, or ability to work,” Bochy said last week. “This is something that is not uncommon.”