Giants Notes: What could next wave of call-ups look like?

Giants Notes: What could next wave of call-ups look like?

MILWAUKEE -- Bruce Bochy talked to Triple-A manager Dave Brundage on Wednesday and said there are some good reports on kids down in the minors. The most intriguing name at this point might be Kyle Crick, the former first round pick who is now Sacramento’s closer. Crick entered play Thursday with a 3.28 ERA and 32 strikeouts in 24 2/3 innings. He’s still walking guys, but his command has been much, much better. 

“Crick has done a great job of becoming more of a pitcher,” Bochy said. “We saw that this spring and he carried that to Sacramento. It was probably a good thing for him to get out of Richmond. I wouldn’t be surprised if he comes up if we needed someone.”

Crick has been off the radar for a couple of years now, but he still has the mid 90s fastball and he’s still just 24. The Giants may find value there yet, even if Crick is now only a reliever. It's not like some of the guys in the current bullpen are blowing the doors off. 

Jae-Gyun Hwang has been hot of late and is hitting .294 with six homers. Hwang has a July 1 opt-out in his deal and Bochy admitted he’s someone “we’ll be talking about.” The Giants have three weeks to decide if they want to give Hwang a look (there’s no reason not to, with this roster). Joan Gregorio (2.97 ERA) is another guy who might get a cameo in the rotation or bullpen.

The Giants have plenty of players they should take a look at, but Bochy said there are no moves on the horizon at the moment. With Sam Dyson joining the team this weekend and Conor Gillaspie not far behind, it's a packed house. 

--- Chris Heston is no longer a Dodger. The Twins claimed him and Heston will be with Minnesota for this weekend’s series at AT&T Park. The Twins are listing TBA as their starter for Sunday, so perhaps Heston will get a soft landing spot. The Giants, by the way, face Ervin Santana (7-3, 2.44) and Jose Berrios (4-1, 2.76) on Friday and Saturday, so the road gets no easier. 

The Giants have spent a lot on pitching over the past couple of years and now they need bats. It makes you wonder if they would have been better off pulling back a bit and letting Heston and Ty Blach battle it out. Blach now looks locked in for the rest of the year. 

--- The Giants dropped to 11-23 away from home this season. It’s the lineup, the lineup, the lineup. It’s been that way all year, but it has really been glaring on this road trip. In two parks made for hitters, the Giants haven’t taken advantage. Wednesday was the third time in six games in Philadelphia and Milwaukee that the Giants scored fewer than four runs. 

--- Buster Posey has reached base safely in 48 of 50 games he has played in, including 22 straight. 

--- In case you missed it, Hunter Strickland's fight jersey was on sale, and then it wasn't. 

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.