Madison Bumgarner takes next step, starts throwing program

Madison Bumgarner takes next step, starts throwing program

SAN FRANCISCO — Madison Bumgarner was on the dugout rail Monday when Hunter Strickland and Bryce Harper squared up. Bumgarner has been at the center of more on-field incidents than any Giant, but, with a strained shoulder, he could do nothing but stare and then walk toward a dugout tunnel sat teammates charged the mound. 

Perhaps it was no surprise, then, that Bumgarner walked out into left field Tuesday afternoon with a glove tucked under his arm, three days ahead of schedule. The Giants had planned to have Bumgarner play catch Friday in Philadelphia, but he threw about 45 soft pitches in front of the team’s trainers, physical therapist and coaches. 

“He’s been doing so well he wanted to bump it up and the training staff said (he could),” manager Bruce Bochy said. “He came out of it pretty good.”

Bumgarner started at 45 feet and moved out to 60. Pitching coach Dave Righetti and head trainer Dave Groeschner said they were pleased with the way he looked, and bullpen catcher Taira Uematsu — who caught Bumgarner — said he looked normal and unrestricted. 

Bumgarner flashed a huge smile as he shook Uematsu’s hand after the session. He’ll keep stretching out the flat-ground sessions and then move to a bullpen mound. The Giants still expect to be without their ace for another six to eight weeks, but he appears to have had no hiccups during what could have been a complicated rehab process. 

--- It was no surprise when Mac Williamson was optioned back to Triple-A a day after two strikeouts. Bochy said Williamson was going to have his playing time cut with Hunter Pence on the way back, and the Giants want him to get daily at-bats. It could be a while before we see Williamson back up here, with Calixte now getting a look and Jarrett Parker a few days from a rehab assignment. It’ll be up to him to force the issue. 

Pence, by the way, ran the bases for the first time since getting hurt. He’ll likely begin a rehab assignment Thursday. Conor Gillaspie (back tightness) is a couple days behind him. 

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.