Giants spring training Day 2: Posey makes sure he catches Melancon

Giants spring training Day 2: Posey makes sure he catches Melancon

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Buster Posey has always made a point of catching up-and-coming prospects during spring bullpen sessions. When the pitchers lined up Tuesday morning at Scottsdale Stadium, Posey made sure he was standing in front of a 31-year-old right-hander. 

With his spring limited by the World Baseball Classic, Posey wants to spend as much time as possible with new closer Mark Melancon. That process started during the first round of bullpen sessions, and Posey said he’ll also schedule a few Cactus League appearances with Melancon so they can discuss and tweak a specific plan on the mound. 

“I’ve faced him and watched him a lot,” Posey said. “I feel like I have a pretty good idea of what he wants to do, but we’ll obviously sit down (this spring) and talk.”

Posey said the two will schedule around the WBC, and even if Team USA goes all the way to the championship, he’ll still find a way to work specifically with Melancon in the days leading up to the opener. As for the second day at Scottsdale Stadium, here are some other highlights … 

FAMILIAR FACES: Ellis Burks and Cody Ross are in camp as guest instructors, and Ross — who lives in the area — said he’ll be around the whole time. Robb Nen, Jeff Kent, Rich Aurilia and others will be in camp later, and Barry Bonds is expected at some point. 

Ross had that familiar smile going as he hit grounders. He’s only two years removed from his playing days, and you can bet he’ll get the itch once the position players all arrive later in the week. 

“He told me he’d like to enter (the left field competition),” Bochy joked. “He’s changed his mind about coaching.”

LIGHTER SIDE: One of the many tedious drills involves pitchers standing up against an outfield wall and fielding three grounders from a coach. When Madison Bumgarner stepped in the first grounder came in too soft, so Bumgarner dropped his glove to his side and bounced it off his chest. 

As for his main job, here's an Oscars-quality video of Bumgarner, Melancon and George Kontos doing baseball things. 

CUETO UPDATE: The Giants still don’t have an exact arrival date for Johnny Cueto, who is tending to his father in the Dominican Republic, but Bochy said Cueto planned to visit the club’s facility there on Tuesday to throw a bullpen session. He has already done so several times to prepare for the WBC and coaches have watched video of the sessions. Still, Bochy and pitching coach Dave Righetti will meet with Cueto when he arrives to make sure he’s ready for a ramped-up spring. 

ICYMI: Bruce Bochy's State of the Union was mostly a State of the Bullpen. Here's what he had to say. Speaking of the bullpen, the Giants added David Hernandez to the mix.

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.