Top prospect Tyler Beede on verge of MLB debut


Top prospect Tyler Beede on verge of MLB debut

SAN FRANCISCO — Tyler Beede arrived at AT&T Park on Monday afternoon. The Giants are being coy, however, about when Beede will actually pitch.  

The top prospect is here as part of a taxi squad and must be activated by Tuesday afternoon, but the front office is still trying to map out the rotation for the next couple of weeks. There's a lot at play. Jeff Samardzija threw 45 pitches in a rehab start Monday and will be ready after one more rehab appearance. Manager Bruce Bochy also would not say whether Johnny Cueto will start on turn Tuesday, although Cueto appears to be under the impression he is. The Giants also could wait and see how they come out of Monday's game before deciding which reliever to option. Pierce Johnson, Josh Osich, Reyes Moronta and Roberto Gomez all have options and management has said more moves will be made this season based on keeping the staff fresh. 

"It's nice to have this flexibility," Bochy said. "But at the same time, you sometimes have to get creative to make sure you're covering all your bases. We have some guys throwing the ball well but they do have options."

The only thing that seems certain is that Beede will start either Tuesday or Wednesday. If the Giants send him down after that, he would have to wait 10 days to return and the organization would need one more spot starter before Samardzija returns. Bochy said he would announce a decision after Monday's game. In the meantime, Beede's family is headed into town to watch. His wife will not be able to attend because she is filming a Western movie in Tucson.  

Beede, 24, was the organization’s first round pick out of Vanderbilt in 2014. He has a 3.70 ERA in 72 minor league starts and went 6-7 with a 4.79 ERA last season in Triple-A. Beede’s first start this season was a five-inning one-hitter for the San Jose Giants. The organization sent him down two levels do he could stay on turn and avoid the rain the River Cats dealt with in Tacoma. 

Samardzija, other Giants pitchers need to move on quickly from 15-2 loss

Samardzija, other Giants pitchers need to move on quickly from 15-2 loss

SAN FRANCISCO -- Ten minutes into his start Wednesday, Jeff Samardzija got a mound visit from manager Bruce Bochy and a member of the training staff. 

His fastball was sitting 89-91 at the time, and given that Samardzija is just two starts removed from a DL stint for a strained pectoral, the concern was understandable. 

"He's fine. We just wanted to check on him at that point," Bochy said. "He said he was fine and as you saw his stuff picked up, which you see sometimes from starting pitchers."

Samardzija did get back to the 93-94 range by the third, which is still a couple ticks from normal for him, but at least isn't concerning. He didn't make it to the fourth, though. A Matt Adams homer put the last three of six runs on his line.

"Just one of those days," Samardzija said. "I've been feeling really good. It just took a little longer today (to get loose). There's really no explanation for it sometimes.

"Obviously it's a little bit of a different script for me right now (coming off the injury). We're going to learn from it and keep getting better and get on to the next one." 

A few Giants need to move on quickly after this one. Josh Osich, coming off a sparkling spring, continued to backslide at the worst possible time. The Giants will need to clear a roster spot for Will Smith next week. Osich was charged with four earned runs. Cory Gearrin walked two of three he faced and cashed in two of Osich's runners. He, too, has fallen down the depth chart a bit.

"They're not on track. O really had some good moments today, lots of swings and misses, but also had trouble getting the ball where he wanted at times," Bochy said. "Cory is battling too much right now instead of going out there and attacking the strike zone. This game is all about confidence and if they get shaken a bit they don't throw the ball with as much conviction."

Bruce Bochy explains why he joined Twitter

Bruce Bochy explains why he joined Twitter

SAN FRANCISCO — In the 19 hours since Bruce Bochy first tweeted* he has picked up 15,000 followers. 

“Is that a lot?” he asked Wednesday morning.

It is, but don't expect many tweets from the 63-year-old manager now also known as @BruceBochy1 (@BruceBochy was taken). Bochy does not plan to send out lineups or respond to your complaint about Buster Posey getting a game off the day after a night game. He will not answer you if you scream about Gorkys Hernandez being in center. He does not plan to join the #BeltWars. 

“I’m not going to be on it a lot,” Bochy said. “I’m going to use it with charities and things like that. I don’t plan to use it every day.”

(*It’s here that we should stop and note that Bochy’s first tweet was sent when the Giants were taking batting practice Tuesday and the manager was standing behind the cage watching. But let’s have fun with it.)

Bochy tweeted “great win tonight” after the Giants beat the Nationals on Tuesday and he promoted an event he is doing with our own Amy Gutierrez at the New Balance store after Wednesday’s game. You can expect similar when he does one of the many charity events that he participates in during off days and before occasional home games. 

Bochy smiled Wednesday when told that close friend Tim Flannery gave him two weeks before he deletes his account. 

“If (followers) tweet bad things I’m going to tweet back ‘love harder,’” he said, referencing Flannery’s own charity work. 

--- Mac Williamson was a late scratch from the lineup a day after a brutal collision with the wall alongside the home bullpen. Bochy said Williamson had “general soreness” and he was officially pulled with neck stiffness. The Giants have not had any recent discussions about moving the bullpen mounds, in part because there's no space left at the ballpark. Although Bochy noted that some of his hitters would gladly tell the team to put it in Triples Alley. 

--- Chris Stratton is back home in Mississippi for the birth of his second child. His wife, Martha Kate, has gone into labor. Stratton is expected back in time to start Saturday’s day game, with Johnny Cueto getting the night game against the Dodgers. 

Roberto Gomez was called up to take Stratton’s spot, since Stratton was put on the paternity list. Gomez likely will stay Saturday as the 26th man for the doubleheader.