Brandon Belt

Bruce Bochy: ‘I’ll continue to mix it up in that 2-hole’

Before the second of a 2-game series with the St. Louis Cardinals, San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy touched on a several injury-related topics, as well as the ever-changing lineup which causes fans to wince in pain on a near-daily basis.

— Joaquin Arias isn’t in the lineup today, which leaves Emmanuel Burriss at third base again. Arias is fine to go defensively, but hitting is still a little too painful. Bochy said he thought Arias might be ready to go tomorrow, but yesterday he said there was a decent chance Arias would be in the lineup today, so…

— Eric Surkamp had an elbow setback of some sort. While surgery isn’t planned, the Giants are concerned. Tough to imagine we’ll see him pitching anywhere this season, let alone in San Francisco.

— Freddy Sanchez had an MRI on his sore lower back, and received an epidural injection. “Very mild, a little inflammation in the disc area,” Bochy said. “We’ll wait for him to get the discomfort out and start playing again.”

— Melky Cabrera is fine and in the lineup today. The most Bochy will say about his “toe injury” was that a “corn” was involved. Maybe it’s better we don’t know all the specifics.

— As for Brandon Crawford hitting second today, here’s Bochy’s explanation (transcript included underneath):

“I put Craw in the 2-hole. He’s actually been swinging the bat pretty good lately. Gonna lengthen out our lineup, put Belt back in the 6-hole, give us some coverage a little deeper in the lineup. I’ll continue to mix it up in that 2-hole until we find somebody that we’re comfortable with. I just like the way Craw’s coming around. He’s faced a lot of left-handers and thrown out some pretty good at-bats, including last night. He didn’t have anything to show for it, but he hit the ball hard twice.”

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