Source: Giants close to minor league deal with ex-Blue Jays outfielder

Source: Giants close to minor league deal with ex-Blue Jays outfielder

SAN DIEGO -- By the fifth game of the season, the Giants had Aaron Hill, a career infielder, starting in left field. They are making a move to help solve that problem.

Melvin Upton Jr. is close to a minor league deal with the organization, a source confirmed to NBC Sports Bay Area. Upton Jr. is expected to sign next week and report to Triple-A Sacramento. The pending deal was first reported by Mark Feinsand of 

The Giants had little interest in Upton Jr. when he was released by the Blue Jays before the start of the season. But Giants left fielders don't have a hit through five games, and the two players tasked with forming a platoon -- Jarrett Parker and Chris Marrero -- are 0-for-19 with 10 strikeouts. Michael Morse and Mac Williamson were supposed to be part of the solution, but both are currently hurt. 

Before Saturday's game, Bochy said he's not panicking about left field. He noted that Parker took better swings Friday. 

"We're barely closing in on a week, come on," Bochy said. "All these guys are going to have a rough week. It just so happens it's the first week, so it's drawing more attention to it."

Upton Jr., 32, hit .238 with the Padres and Blue Jays last season, with 20 homers and 27 stolen bases. When on his game, he brings speed and the ability to play all over the outfield. The Giants also recently signed veteran Drew Stubbs to a minor league deal. Bochy spoke generally about the two because the Upton Jr. deal is not done yet. 

"Any time you have depth and experience in your system, that's pretty good inventory," Bochy said. 

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.