09/30/2003 4:48 PM ET
Giants notes: Hammonds aboard
SAN FRANCISCO -- Veteran outfielder Jeffrey Hammonds was the last man named to the Giants postseason team, with outfielder Marvin Benard and infielder Eric Young not making it. Plucked from forced retirement after being let go by Milwaukee in June, Hammonds responded with a fine second half, hitting .277 with three homers and 10 RBIs while playing outstanding defense.
By Rich Draper / MLB.com
"I didn't feel that comfortable with Young," said Alou. "He's a pinch-runner and pinch-hitter, but when it comes to outfield play Hammonds has done well."
Young is 36 and an 11-year veteran acquired from Milwaukee on Aug. 19 due to injuries to regular second baseman Ray Durham, who was dogged by leg problems all season, limiting him to a career-low 110 games.
Durham regained his health down the stretch, however, and has been sharp, hitting .285 overall -- mostly as a leadoff hitter, being a catalyst for big innings.
The Giants have had success this year with 12 pitchers, and they'll go that way in the playoffs. The bullpen, led by closer Tim Worrell, has had a fabulous season, and Alou wanted to keep that stable of pitchers intact.
Benard surgery: Eight-year veteran outfielder Benard, a career Giant, could literally be on his last legs. Benard did not make the postseason roster and elected to have surgery on his left knee on Wednesday at Stanford Hospital.
It will be Bemard's third knee operation this season, which limited him to only 46 games this year and 13 starts.
The surgery will be by team physician Dr. Gary Fanton. "This is basically a cleanup because of intermittent swelling," commented Giants trainer Stan Conte. "He could have played and did play last week, but because of the swelling he thought it would be best to have the surgery now and be ready for the spring.
Benard has a lifetime .271 mark for San Francisco, but batted only .197 this year. He was 4-for-24 as a pinch-hitter for a .167 average. He was on the disabled list three times after tearing the cartilage in his left knee running into a wall at Kansas City on June 15.
Coming up: The Giants face the Marlins in Game 2 of the series starting 1:06 p.m. on Tuesday, It's up in the air as to who will throw for San Francisco -- either Kirk Rueter or Sidney Ponson -- but Florida will counter with Brad Penny, a 14-game winner this season.
Rich Draper is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.