SAN FRANCISCO — Hunter Pence has a date, location and doctor for his hamstring surgery. The torn tendon will be removed from his right leg on Thursday in Dallas, with Cowboys team doctor Dan Cooper performing the procedure.
The timetable remains about eight weeks, although the Giants will know more after Pence is checked out Wednesday in Dallas. (They're hoping the trip doesn't give him a sudden inclination to throw interceptions in big spots.)
As for right field, it’s Jarrett Parker once again. Parker has just two hits in his last 18 at-bats but with a string of right-handers on the schedule Bruce Bochy is giving him a shot here to try and win the job. Mac Williamson may also get an extended look at some point.
“Their play will determine who plays,” Bochy said. “That’s where we’re at with Pence out. You don’t want to go back and forth. You want to give somebody consistent at-bats so it gets him going.”
The Giants have at least another week to get one of the two young outfielders into a groove. Angel Pagan is about that far away, and he looked good Sunday during a pre-game workout. Pagan pulled a weight sled with strength coach Carl Kochan looking on, and he was moving pretty quickly.
It was a busy afternoon for the training staff. Matt Cain threw a bullpen session and felt fine, and he could face hitters Wednesday at AT&T Park. The next step after that would be a rehab start, possibly. Sergio Romo played a light game of catch as Cain threw in the bullpen. He’s starting from the beginning after a setback, and there doesn’t seem to be a firm timetable for his potential return.
--- If the Giants at some point need a spot starter aside from Albert Suarez, there’s a pretty good option down in Triple-A. Clayton Blackburn had another really good start last night. Here are his numbers since he went back to Sacramento: 20 innings, 10 hits, 1 earned run, 4 walks, 20 strikeouts.
Former teammate and roommate Mac Williamson said Blackburn is just back to being himself. “This is what he did last year,” Williamson noted. Blackburn led the PCL last season in ERA. Chris Heston is also coming around.
--- Speaking of Suarez, he has some surprising pop during BP. He hit a handful of balls over the fence during his round, but he was overshadowed by the other two right-handed bats in his group: Williamson and Madison Bumgarner. Williamson hit a couple into Big Mac Land. Bumgarner, by my count, hit six.
He also hit one OVER Big Mac Land. I posted a photo here on my Facebook page to show just where Bumgarner’s last ball of BP landed. In the caption there, Williamson explains what happened.
--- ESPN’s Aaron Boone impersonates swings during Sunday Night Baseball, but for tonight’s broadcast he’s taking a shot at Bochy’s walk to the mound. I watched it earlier and it was spot-on, and several Giants — including Bumgarner — found Boone in the clubhouse to tell him how good the act was. Is Bochy looking forward to it?
“I can’t say that I am,” he said. “The players had a good laugh with it. Whoever came up with that line ‘imitation is the sincerest form of flatter,’ it’s not true.”
--- Hitting coach Hensley Meulens will be elected into the International League Hall of Fame tomorrow in Columbus, Ohio. Meulens spent parts of five seasons with the Columbus Clippers and was the league MVP in 1990. He led the league in homers, RBI and runs in 1992 but didn’t get another MVP trophy.
“J.T. Snow beat me out,” he said. "They said you can't win it twice."