SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Another day, another addition.
This time it’s Yangervis Solarte, and the former Padres and Blue Jays infielder has a good shot at making the roster. Here’s my story from this morning on Solarte, who still needs to pass his physical.
Solarte and Bruce Bochy spoke on the phone yesterday and the manager is psyched about the addition. He said Solarte will mostly play second and third, but Bochy liked what he saw of him at short in San Diego and that phone conversation included some discussion of playing left field.
Solarte even told the Giants he would be fine with center, but that ain't happening.
“We’re excited to have him,” Bochy said. “We saw a lot of him in San Diego. A good player, can play a lot of positions, a switch-hitter. He’s a nice addition.”
Here are some more observations from Day 3:
New Leadoff Hitter?
Steven Duggar (shoulder) and Ryder Jones (knee) took on-field batting practice for the first time since having surgery. Both looked good and shouldn’t face too many restrictions this spring.
As Bochy watched Duggar, he found himself thinking about the lineup. He said he hopes to have Duggar in one of the top two spots.
“You look at the top of the order. That’s the first spot you think about,” Bochy said. “How it’s going and how they’re playing will dictate it but I think he’s a good leadoff hitter.”
The Giants have retired so many numbers and have so many players in camp that they’re running out of numbers. So, Trevor Gott, who has big league experience, is currently wearing No. 91. And when the Giants signed a flood of veterans over the past week, some familiar numbers were given away.
Gerardo Parra will wear No. 8, formerly Hunter Pence’s number, and Rene Rivera will wear Matt Cain’s 18 if he’s on the roster. The clubhouse staff did agonize over all this as many fans do, but there was no other way. The only low numbers that remain are 5 and 22.
Parra wore 8 with the Rockies and Rivera has mostly worn 44, which isn’t an option here obviously.
Don’t Mess With Bumgarner
That’s the main thing we were reminded of today. Maybe he was imagining Yasiel Puig coming down the line?
DO NOT try to score from third on a wild pitch by Madison Bumgarner. pic.twitter.com/OyuSZot9CC— Alex Pavlovic (@PavlovicNBCS) February 15, 2019