By: Brian Sanchez
Monday February 20th
Pitchers and catchers have reported. Jeremy Lin and Tim Tebow are great and all, but thank goodness BASEBALL IS BACK! The main focus on this blog will be on the team that is my favorite, as well as the favorite of many of my listeners and followers; The San Francisco Giants. The Giants made some decent moves over the off season but the main focus will be on the players returning from injuries. Let's get to the good stuff.
Getting him back in the line-up is the same as the Giants making a huge acquisition in the offseason. When he showed up in 2010 his bat and glove brought the city a world series ring. When he was taken out (by he who shall not be named because it was never a clean play and nobody will ever be able to convince me otherwise) last year the team slipped into mediocracy with dismal catching and a flaccid offense. Most of the early reports on him have been good. New CSN insider Andy Baggarly (formerly of the SJ Mercury, great pick up by CSN) reported that Posey has been catching bullpens, mainly those of Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain. Yesterday he also caught from a pitching machine and sprung up out of the crouch to simulate a throw down to second. Posey said his ankle felt fine this morning. He took batting practice to thunderous applause, and even knocked the third pitch he saw out of the park. Posey took BP today without any protection on his left ankle. He should be good to go and playing by the second week of games. And as far as opening day, neither Buster nor skipper Bruce Bochy see why he wouldn't be ready.
Far less news about Freddy. He is coming off a shoulder surgery and missed nearly all of last year. He is one of the Giants top hitters and certainly their smartest. He has reported to camp early and should be playing alongside Buster in the second week of games. His opening day is much more questionable than Buster's, hence the Ryan Theriot signing. Freddy is expected to be in the line-up opening day though.
The league's craziest, most out of control closer is in camp and healthy. He is throwing off the mound every third day coming off of his oblique and elbow injuries last year. He said last year he was constantly hurt whether it was the elbow, oblique, or both. He is completely healthy now and like Freddy and Buster will probably begin playing in the second week of Spring Training games.
Vogelsong is hopefully getting all of his issues out early this season. Yesterday he was diagnosed with a strained back and was said to be out for ten days. Today he came down with the flu and was sent home. The projected No. 4 starter for the Giants is expected back in a few weeks and should be 100% by opening day.
Culberson (Below) one of the top hitting prospects the Giants have also plays in the middle infield. This was going to be a spring where he put himself on the map. Unfortunately he dropped a weight on his fingertip this morning and is out indefinitely. Injuries are a theme for the Giants this season.
Those are the key updates on the Giants for today. Be sure to tune in to The Sports Report on Tuesdays from 6-8 p.m. on radio.dominican.edu