Span misses another game; Giants finalize deal with veteran outfielder

Span misses another game; Giants finalize deal with veteran outfielder

PHOENIX -- Denard Span will likely miss three-quarters of the season-opening series because of a sore left hip. Span may be available as a pinch-hitter Thursday and he's feeling much better than he was when he missed Tuesday's game, but manager Bruce Bochy said he likely won't start until the Giants hit San Diego this weekend. 

"I don't think there's too much to be concerned about," Span said. "It felt unbelievable up until two days ago. It might just be a flareup."

Span had the hip surgically repaired after the 2015 season, but this issue is thought to be unrelated. Span said team trainers are having him take it easy for a couple of days so his hip capsule calms down. 

With Span out, Gorkys Hernandez gets another start. He drove in a career-high four runs on Tuesday, picking up two hits and a walk. Hernandez saw 26 pitches while taking over atop the lineup. 

In other outfield news, the Drew Stubbs minor league deal is official. He will make a prorated portion of a $1 million contract if he's in the big leagues and $130,000 while with Triple-A Sacramento. The deal also includes performance bonuses. 

--- Cody Ross has joined the staff as a coach, but he won't be around for every game. The schedule is still being worked out. 

"You look at the staff and what we don't have is a true outfielder," Bochy said. "That's what he is. That's why we wanted him here to look at the outfielders and look at positioning. He's a big help, to be honest."

--- The homer Brandon Crawford hit -- on a high inside pitch -- was a rare swing for him. That's not usually his sweet spot. Bochy pointed to it as another example of a player getting better every year. Crawford will keep moving up the lineup, too. The former No. 8 hitter is locked in as the No. 5 guy, and he'll hit cleanup when Buster Posey takes days off. 

--- The Diamondbacks missed the deadline to challenge a play last night. The replay system now has a digital clock that counts down from 30 seconds as soon as the play is over. It's the same system on both sides, so both teams (that would be Shawon Dunston and Chad Chop in the visiting clubhouse here) will be notified if it's too late to challenge. The replay officials in New York also see the clock. 

--- The Giants will face Luis Perdomo, Jhoulys Chacin and Clayton Richard this weekend. Richard dominated the Dodgers last night and the Giants took note, but they won't adjust their rotation to line Madison Bumgarner and Matt Moore up for the first series of the year between the rivals. The Giants might, however, sneak Ty Blach into the No. 5 spot during a Dodgers series if the spot comes up. That's how glaring their weakness against left-handed starters is right now. Blach, of course, enjoys facing the Dodgers. 

--- If you missed it, some morning notes on George Kontos facing lefties, Hunter Strickland adjusting his mechanics, and more.

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.