The first question of this morning’s edition of “Disabled List Chat, with Bruch Bochy” was about how nice it must be to face a string of right-handed starting pitchers so Brandon Belt could get some regular playing time. While the San Francisco Giants manager didn’t exactly disagree, his comments made it sound like the “#FreeBelt” set shouldn’t get used to seeing Belt’s name in the lineup every day.
Not that they ever would, mind you.
In Bochy’s response to the question about Belt’s recent increase in playing time, he started by mentioning how the 24-year-old first baseman has gotten an opportunity to see what he could do against this recent string of righties after the team faced several left-handers a week ago. Then Bochy added, “I still have to find ways to get Nate out there and Huff, and get them playing time.”
So Bochy was asked about the plans for Huff, and here’s what he said.
“On this road trip he’ll get a start or two, if not more. I’ll talk to him. We’re facing a left-hander tomorrow. He’s ready. Watching him, mentally he’s feeling just fine, so not it’s just a matter of throwing him out there and getting him three or four at-bats.”
I asked if Bochy was thinking about playing Huff in the outfield or first base.
“I told him right now to concentrate at first base, but it could be the outfield. Again, I’m crowded out there with three guys that are doing a great job right now, and of course Nate. So he’ll spend more time at first base.”
A couple other things Bochy mentioned:
— Pablo Sandoval (who tagged Jaymee Sire in the face with a shaving cream pie yesterday … now I know what I’m missing during Bochy’s postgame press conferences) and Ryan Theriot are both heading to Arizona to get some work in. Sandoval’s “a couple weeks away,” Bochy said. “He’s starting to do some baseball activities, swing the bat a little bit.” The Giants are expecting Theriot to return when they’re in Miami, where they play a 4-game series starting Thursday.
— When asked about the Giants’ poor home run production at home (6 at AT&T vs. 19 on the road), here’s what Bochy said. “I know we’ll hit more home runs, we’ll get Pablo back. We’re not a power-hitting club. More than what we’ve been here, but we’ve hit some balls pretty good here that didn’t go out.”