Giants not close to getting Pence or Williamson back


Giants not close to getting Pence or Williamson back

PHILADELPHIA -- The Giants aren't close to getting either of their left fielders back.

Hunter Pence had to push the pause button on his rehab assignment because of continued soreness in his right thumb. Mac Williamson, who seemingly had taken Pence's job, will see a concussion specialist in Pittsburgh this week. Williamson was not with the Giants in Philadelphia.

With Pence and Williamson sidelined, manager Bruce Bochy said he will continue to use a four-man outfield. Alen Hanson and Brandon Belt can also play left as needed. Gregor Blanco was Monday night's starter.

The news is a bit better for the bullpen. Mark Melancon will throw his second bullpen session on Tuesday. He did not report any problems after getting off a mound in Atlanta.

"He came out of the last one feeling good," Bochy said.

Reyes Moronta dealt with a back issue over the weekend but has been cleared to pitch Monday if needed.

MLB rumors: Live Winter Meetings free agency, trade news on Day 3


MLB rumors: Live Winter Meetings free agency, trade news on Day 3

Baseball fans waiting for big deals should stay glued to the 2018 MLB Winter Meetings on Wednesday.

Bryce Harper and Manny Machado remain free agents, and the Dodgers still have their surplus of outfielders, but it only takes one major move for the dominoes to fall. Those deals typically happen as the Winter Meetings close, if past years are any indication.

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As for the Bay Area teams, the Giants reportedly are less likely to trade Madison Bumgarner now, but they're possibly seeking help at second base and at catcher. The A's have made some minor moves, but they desparately need starting pitching, so is this the day they'll find it?

Keep it here throughout Day 3 of the Winter Meetings for the latest live news, rumors and trade chatter from the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. It could be a busy one.

9:25 a.m. PT: The A's are looking for a second baseman, and Cleveland is shopping second baseman Jason Kipnis. Still, there reportedly hasn't been much interest in the former All Star, according to's Paul Hoynes.

Hoynes noted that the amount of second baseman available in free agency is driving down Kipnis' trade value. He's coming off of two down years, and his contract ($13.5 million this season) may be too rich for the A's, but Kipnis' own pending free agency could make him an option down the line.

8:04 a.m. PT: Not so fast on J.A. Happ to the Yankees. The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal and others are reporting there isn't an agreement in place with the New York Yankees yet. 

Happ is likely out of the A's price range, but his signing should set the market for other pitchers Oakland could pursue. 

7:15 a.m. PT: We have our first deal of the day ... well, reportedly, at least. The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal is reporting the New York Yankees have an agreement with lefty J.A. Happ.

Financial details were not immediately known, but Happ's signing takes one top-end starter off the market. Might the dominoes start to fall on the mound for the A's? 

Watch Hunter Pence's inspiring shirtless Dominican winter ball speech


Watch Hunter Pence's inspiring shirtless Dominican winter ball speech

Hope you had less than one week in your “When will a shirtless Hunter Pence rock a huge medallion while giving a motivational speech” pool.

It took the former Giants outfielder only that long to make an impression on his new Dominican Republic winter ball teammates.

So, ignore the one f-bomb and let Pence get you through hump day in this inspirational video.

Evidently, the huge T medallion goes to Toros del Este’s player of the day, and Pence was the pick Tuesday night after a 5-4 win over Águilas Cibaeñas.

Pence told NBC Sports Bay Area’s Jessica Kleinschmidt last week that he was looking forward to playing in the DR, and he wanted teams, including the Giants, to see his new swing and running style. He’s off to a good start with those changes, going 5 for 11 in three games with one double, two RBI and one stolen base.

What definitely hasn’t changed is Pence’s passion — the video makes that clear. So, maybe the Giants will decide their young outfielders need a mentor with championship pedigree, and that Pence farewell at AT&T Park two months ago will have been premature.