- Jon Morosi says the Giants are among the most active teams on the trade market right now, and are looking for bullpen help and “maybe a bat.” Tim Dierkes speculates that targets for the Giants could include Jose Molina, Ryan Doumit, Melky Cabrera, Marlon Byrd, and Angel Pagan — none of whom are particularly attractive options. At this point, I just don’t think it’s worth pursuing a bat.
- Keith Law wrote about Eric Surkamp today, and doesn’t view him “as anything more than a No. 5 starter.” Law describes Surkamp as a “finesse lefty” and says that he expects him to be “a real fly-ball pitcher going forward unless he switches to a two-seamer or otherwise finds a way to get some downward movement on it.” John Sickels of Minor League Ball also profiled him recently, and seems to have a more positive take, concluding: “He doesn’t throw 90+, but he whiffs hitters at power-pitcher rates, and that makes him a good bet for future success in my view.”
- Brandon Crawford will play in the Arizona Fall League, but the Giants have not yet announced the rest of the roster. According to Hank Schulman, the Scottsdale roster lists four Giants TBA slots for pitchers, plus one each for infield and outfield.
- Jaymee Sire tweets that Brian Wilson threw on flat-ground today, and is eligible to return from the disabled list tomorrow. Bochy says that Wilson’s ready for the next step, though there’s still no timetable for his return.
- Scott Reiss tweets that Pat Burrell is taking batting practice again today, and could be activated by September 2nd. He could see “legit time” in the outfield in September, says Bochy.
- Over at Fangraphs, Marc Hulet also wrote about Eric Surkamp today, saying that “this is one prospect that has a chance to play a key role on a playoff-calibre team.” In addition, regarding Clayton Tanner — who was just released by the Giants, he writes, “it’s more than a little surprising that the organization would risk giving away the upper-level pitching depth.”
- Brian Sabean says that Gary Brown will not be a September call-up, though Brett Pill could be — if the Giants find room on the fourty-man roster.
Earlier today, it was looking like Waldis Joaquin would be called up to replace Jonathan Sanchez (with Sanchez headed to the DL), but now Andrew Baggarly is reporting that Sanchez is not being ruled out to start on Sunday, and Bochy has said no roster moves today.
Bruce Bochy appeared on KNBR earlier today with Murph and Mac, discussing — among other things — Jonathan Sanchez, Carlos Beltran, Pat Burrell, and Brandon Belt. You can listen to the interview here, but here are some brief notes:
- The Giants are willing to commit to Jonathan Sanchez as the fifth starter for the next start because they don’t really have another choice that is better. He’s probably going to go out there his next start, says Bochy.
- On the possibility of Carlos Beltran hitting the DL, Bochy says that there’s always a chance of that happening. After receiving a cortisone injection, Beltran is doubtful for tomorrow but Bochy said he’d put Saturday as more realistic as far as him being in the lineup. Beltran himself doesn’t feel that the injury is that serious.
- Any chance Pat Burrell returns to the scene? Bochy hasn’t heard back from Pat since he went to North Carolina to have [his foot] checked by another specialist. He’s going to talk to him today.
- Asked about why Brandon Belt was optioned back to Triple-A, Bochy said that Brandon was having his struggles too — that he was “too closed off” and “it’s not like he was tearing it up here.” “He’s not tearing it up or so to speak to where we feel that he’s going to come up here and make a huge impact.”