Krukow: Giants bringing back Morse smart for more than just his bat

Krukow: Giants bringing back Morse smart for more than just his bat

As the heavy lifting appears to be over for the Giants this offseason, the team did sign an intriguing name in former 2014 postseason hero Michael Morse to a minor-league deal on Friday

The front office hopes Morse can still provide pop when called upon after hitting 16 home runs for the Giants the last time they were World Series champs. Since then, he has only hit five in the last two years, none coming in the 2016 season. But, Giants broadcaster Mike Krukow is a big fan of the signing for much more than Morse's bat. 

“I think he’s a guy that is going to stay in the game,” Krukow said to KNBR on Morse coming back to San Francisco. “I have no doubt in my mind that he’s going to be a great coach and even a manager at some point in his career. To bring a guy in at the end of his career, even if he doesn’t help you that particular season, he’s going to help you with your organization. So I think it’s a good add.”

The Giants also added veterans Jimmy Rollins and Justin Ruggiano to minor-league deals. For Krukow bench depth in the end can be the key to another ring. 

"I think it's a great thing to be able to bring in experience if it's going to be on the bench," Krukow said. "You have to have guys with experience off the bench. They're the difference makers and they will win you games in the long haul."

While all three will compete for roster spots in spring training, if they make the team or not, Krukow sees on positive effects for the rest of the squad from being around guys that have been around the game. 

“I don’t know if all three of those guys are going to make the club coming out of the spring, but even if they don’t make the club, they’re going to have a positive effect on everybody that does. 

“There’s so much that you can learn from a veteran player and all three of those guys have good things to say about their position, about how to be a pro. So I love it.”

Bumgarner undergoes surgery on pitching hand


Bumgarner undergoes surgery on pitching hand

A day after a line drive fractured a bone in his pitching hand, Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner underwent surgery to stabilize it.

A specialist in Arizona added three pins to Bumgarner's fifth metacarpal bone in his left hand on Saturday, the Giants announced. 

Bumgarner told reporters on Friday that the pins will remain in his hand for four-to-six weeks. Then, he will begin to fully work towards a return to the rotation.

The 28-year-old suffered the fracture in his final start of spring training, and was set to start Opening Day against the Los Angeles Dodgers on March 29. In 21.0 innings over six appearances this spring, Bumgarner posted a 3.43 ERA and 1.05 WHIP. 

Bumgarner injury just the latest in recent run of misfortune for Giants

Bumgarner injury just the latest in recent run of misfortune for Giants

Eight years ago in this very space, I postulated that Brian Sabean had done a lucrative deal with Satan.Co to win the Giants’ first World Series in 56 years. He never denied it, so I took that as silent affirmation.

Now, it seems Beelzebub has brought the bill, to be paid in full on receipt of same.

The San Francisco Giants, who needed as few things as possible to go wrong to start this season, just got two full-on groin shots in the space of less than a week, the second of which was delivered when Madison Bumgfarner fractured his hand trying to repel a line drive from Kansas City second baseman Whit Merrifield during Friday’s Cactus League game.

The injury did not look serious at first because, well, because Bumgarner pretends to be made of adamantium, but an X-ray revealed the fracture and though no time for recovery was listed, Bumgarner may return to health before the Giants do.

And yes, I know spring training is no time for fans to lose hope for a cheery season, but you take the fact as they present themselves, and the Giants are already 40 percent down from their projected starting rotation. Jeff Samardzija is already on the disabled list with a hinky pectoral muscle, and as the Giants know all too well, things like this tend to come in sixes, if not eights.

The 2010 Giants hit on every midseason trade and parlayed that good fortune and the assets already on board to a storied October run. A year later, Buster Posey got Scott Cousin-ed, and his broken ankle snapped the team’s hope of repeating.

The Giants then won in 2012 and ’14 without too much incident, but starting midway through 2016, continuing into last year when Bumgarner flipped his dirt bike, and now down to today, it’s been nothing but seeds and stems for Giantvania.

The rumor mill has been quick to offer up possible replacements for the Bumgarner vacancy (though not for his expected results), but at a time in the game’s development when the best and most progressive-thinking teams are talking about four-man rotations and Staff on every fifth day, a strategic development that requires strength in numbers, the Giants have neither that strength nor those numbers.

Their best internal choices are veteran Derek Holland, who might already have been penciled in as Samardzija’s replacement, and phenom-in-training Tyler Beede. But that essentially uses up the in-house bank of usable goods, so Sabean can either buy something very off-the-rack or hope he and Bruce Bochy can fake it long enough for Samardzija (three to four weeks) and then Bumgarner (six to eight, according to ESPN's Buster Olney).

This seems awfully daunting, especially for a team that has buzzard’s luck and a rotting bat rack for a season and a half. But with six days before the regular season starts in Los Angeles against Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers...oh, the hell with it. If you’re a Giant fan, start drinking, and continue until further notice. The evil lord of the netherworld will tell you when it’s time to stop.