SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants finalized a minor league deal with Melvin Upton Jr. on Wednesday morning, adding a depth piece that looks more and more critical by the game. Upton Jr., released earlier this month by the Blue Jays, is at the facility in Scottsdale getting up to speed at extended spring training. He is expected to join Triple-A Sacramento at some point soon.
The Giants have added two veterans -- Upton Jr. and Drew Stubbs -- in recent weeks to potentially fill holes in the outfield. Two of their spring depth options, Michael Morse and Mac Williamson, remain in Arizona rehabbing injuries. Steven Duggar, their top center field prospect, is also hurt. At the big league level, the outfield is off to a rough start.
Giants left fielders are 2-for-32 this season with 13 strikeouts. Gorkys Hernandez, the current backup in center field, has two hits in 25 at-bats and a misplay in center field Tuesday night was costly.
Upton Jr., 32, is also prone to striking out and he has never been a high-average or on-base player, but he hit 20 homers last season for the Blue Jays and Padres and stole 27 bases. He can play all three outfield spots but he has primarily been a center fielder.
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.
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.