If only predicting the outcomes of games were this easy.
For now, anyway RT @AlexPavlovic Bochy said Pagan is in Scottsdale today, getting more tests on back. They still don’t think it’s a DL thing
— Bay Area Sports Guy (@BASportsGuy) June 18, 2014
The Giants waited until the last possible moment with Angel Pagan, placing him on the disabled list today and calling up 25-year-old slugger Adam Duvall, he of the Triple-A-leading 23 home runs. His plane from Texas, where Fresno lost to Round Rock last night, arrived sometime around 11 am this morning. Bruce Bochy said Duvall would be at the park by first pitch and would be available to pinch-hit, and that kind of a role is what it sounds like he’ll spend most of his time filling while he’s here.
“Come off the bench, double-switch. I’d like to give him a start or two. Probably at first base, we’re looking at. I’ll look at the matchups and we’ll just work him in, maybe Morse going to left field sometimes,” said Bochy, who’s seen Duvall hit three home runs in 15 games (25 at-bats) over the last two Springs.
“We think he can contribute in some way, or he wouldn’t have been called up. I don’t care where you’re at, that’s a lot of home runs. Sure, the PCL’s more of a hitter-friendly league. We saw him at Spring Training, he’s got easy power. You’re never going to hit as many home runs here as in Triple-A, but he’s got that power,” Bochy said.
As for Pagan’s condition …
“More of a timing issue. He just wasn’t coming around. He’s got a lower back strain and nerve irritation in there that’s just not coming around fast enough. We’re at the point now where we can take it back 10 days. This gives him another five days or so to see if we can get this cleared up. We’ve been a little bit shorthanded,” said Bochy, who, if I’m not mistaken, used the words “nerve irritation” for the first time in regards to Pagan.
That was the diagnosis when Buster Posey missed a handful of games in May.
“We don’t have to rush him; he can take a couple days off to see if that could help calm it down. I know he’s been wanting to swing the bat and take fly balls, but it doesn’t look like that was helping the cause. So, he’s on the DL.”
Bochy and Righetti met with starters
The rotation has put up some regrettable numbers over the last 14 games, so Bochy and Dave Righetti discussed something to them as a group.
“They can start pressing too, just like the hitters. We had a little session yesterday. You’re always working, trying to get them out of a funk, to get their confidence up, mechanics. That’s ongoing. Every day you think of something you could do to help the club,” said Bochy, who declined to list any specifics from their meeting.
“I’ll keep that between the group and I, and Rags. It wasn’t so much mechanical.”
Since the starters are healthy and mechanics are unique to each pitcher, it was probably more of a light-a-fire-under-their-asses kind of meeting than anything else. Attack hitters, let the defense do what they’re paid to do, and stop making so many mistakes over the plate … will ya?