Sabean addresses Cabrera's suspension


Sabean addresses Cabrera's suspension

Editor's note: Giants general manager Brian Sabean addressed Melky Cabrera's 50-game suspension for the first time, speaking about a variety of topics on a conference call Thursday morning.
On how the Giants will fill their two open roster spaces:"As of right now, weve got Hacker on the way and Christian will be called up."
On whether Hunter Pence acquisition had anything to do with Melky Cabrera's suspension:"No, weve liked Pence. We tried to sign him last deadline. He was going to be a Giant if we found a way to do it this year."

On Cabrera's future with the franchise:

"I cant answer that now. There are a lot of blanks to be filled in, as a result of this."

On his reaction to Cabrera news:

"I mean, if anything I was taken back. I got emotional because this is one of those things that you get punched in the stomach with, but you have no choice but to figure out how to move on."
On how the team will get by without their three-hitter:

"I mean we have a survival instinct, seemingly right now its about winning series. Dodgers were 5 and 1 in the last 6 games, were 3 and 3. They won two series in a row and we are 1 and 1. We know how to cut up the games left and what we need to do."

On Brandon Crawford and Brandon Belt:

"I think they have a lot to be proud of. You know, we stuck with them. We gave them as much playing time as they could handle. They are both very talented kids its just a matter of time and we hope that time is now. They are kids they really do want to do well and want to well for the team and it bodes well for us, into the future."
On chance of promoting Gary Brown:

"I dont see it in the short term, no. But you still learn in AA. If hes more proficient against left handed pitching and has struggled from time to time. We also know hes a center fielder, at this time. Its not enough for the front burner of our thinking."

On when they learned of Cabrera's suspension:

"We didnt find out until we were notified yesterday morning with Bruce."
On whether Cabrera's group was hesitant to discus an extention because they knew about impending suspension:

"I cant speak for them it was a conceptual conversation and it never really went anywhere. They more or less pushed it if they were interested in doing something at the end of the year. I dont know time range, in reference to the question."
On whether Cabrera and Guillermo Mota should know better:

"In our case, its two veteran major league players that should know the policy and should know the consequences better."

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.”