Matt Duffy finally gets back on a field, has 'come to peace' with injury


Matt Duffy finally gets back on a field, has 'come to peace' with injury

The 2017 season has been a complete loss for Matt Duffy. And to a certain degree, he's come to terms with it.

In the offseason, he had surgery on his heel. After just three rehab games in May, he underwent another procedure to remove a calcium deposit.

On Monday, Duffy finally got back on a baseball field. According to the Tampa Bay Times, Duffy played three innings in a Rays Instructional League game, grounding out twice and having a ball graze his jersey for a hit-by-pitch.

"I'm happy with where I'm at. For the first game it feels pretty good. I didn't push it. I didn't try to do too much," Duffy told the publication afterwards.

Traded last July in a deal that netted the Giants young, controllable left-handed pitcher Matt Moore, Duffy never expected to be out this long.

"I was told three to six months. It is what it is. I don't think about that too much anymore. It's just wasted energy, frustrating myself. It costs me the year, it stinks, but I'm not going to get it back," Duffy said.

The 26-year-old is keeping a positive outlook.

"I could try to take a positive and say, 'Hey, I'm gaining one year on the back end, less wear and tear at this point.' I have come to peace with the fact it's taken me the whole year, unfortunately," Duffy said.

With the season wrapping up, Duffy talked about his thought-process heading into the winter and the light at the end of the tunnel.

"I can see it, for sure, especially with the offseason coming up. Get in a few games here, be able to strengthen in the offseason, continue to rehabilitate it, have a semi-normal offseason, have a good spring training. I'm excited about that," Duffy said.

When Duffy does get back into a major league game, it will be his first since Sept. 5, 2016.

Former Giants infielder replaces Dodgers' star shortstop on NLCS roster


Former Giants infielder replaces Dodgers' star shortstop on NLCS roster

LOS ANGELES — Shortstop Corey Seager has been left off the Los Angeles Dodgers' roster for the NL Championship Series against the Chicago Cubs.

The Dodgers announced Seager's surprise omission due to a back injury on Saturday, several hours before Game 1 at Dodger Stadium.

Los Angeles also dropped reliever Pedro Baez from its roster. Infielder Charlie Culberson and outfielder Joc Pederson were added.

Chicago made only one change from the last playoff round, adding reliever Hector Rondon and removing reliever Justin Wilson.

Seager complained of back soreness during the Dodgers' NL Division Series clincher in Arizona on Monday, and 2016 NL Rookie of the Year didn't participate in team workouts this week. Still, manager Dave Roberts said Friday that he was very optimistic that Seager would play in the NLCS.

Seager was an All-Star selection this season while batting .295 with 22 homers and 77 RBIs as a key part of the top of the Dodgers' lineup.

Kike Hernandez, Chris Taylor and Culberson all worked out at shortstop Friday for the Dodgers. The versatile Taylor was the Dodgers' center fielder during the NLDS, but he made 96 appearances in the outfield this season and 44 in the infield, including 14 games at shortstop.

Pederson is batting .071 with no homers since July, but the Dodgers could need him in center field if Taylor plays shortstop.

Culberson famously homered to clinch the Dodgers' NL West title in announcer Vin Scully's final home game last season, but the infielder spent most of this season at Triple-A, appearing in only 14 games for the Dodgers.

Rondon was the Cubs' closer in 2014 and 2015, but moved to a setup role last season after Aroldis Chapman's arrival. He appeared in 61 regular-season games this year, going 4-1 with a 4.24 ERA in an up-and-down campaign.

Chicago acquired Wilson in a trade with Detroit on July 31, adding a veteran left-handed reliever who had 13 saves for the Tigers this season. The Southern California native wasn't great in his two months with the Cubs, posting a 5.09 ERA with 19 walks in 23 appearances.

Manager Joe Maddon chose Wilson for the NLDS over Rondon, only to switch it up against the Dodgers.

Bochy, Giants issue statement following manager's heart procedure


Bochy, Giants issue statement following manager's heart procedure

Bruce Bochy's minor offseason heart procedure went as planned, the team announced Friday afternoon. 

In a message passed along to beat reporters, Bochy said "the procedure went extremely well and I'm feeling better. I'm grateful for the doctors and want to thank everyone who has reached out with well wishes."

Bochy, 62, had an ablation procedure to help him deal with heart issues that have plagued him in recent years. The operation was his second of the year, but it was considered minor enough that it could be pushed back to the end of the season.

Cleveland's Terry Francona had a similar procedure this year and returned to manage, and Bochy has left no doubt about his future. 

“I don’t want anyone to think this has an effect on my work, or ability to work,” Bochy said last week. “This is something that is not uncommon.”