Giants expect offense to pick up
Team keeping eye on Minor League options, like Guzman
CHICAGO -- Manager Bruce Bochy prefers to be patient with the struggling Giants offense, citing a few veteran players whom he expects to start hitting.
That doesn't mean he refuses to consider the club's options.
One of them might be Minor League infielder Jesus Guzman, who is batting .463 with five home runs in his past 10 games for Triple-A Fresno. Guzman, who turns 25 next month, was signed as a Minor League free agent from the Athletics organization in the offseason. He's been playing third base this season and has experience at second. The Giants like him more for his bat.
Bochy said he and general manager Brian Sabean talk often about what might need to be done to improve the Majors' worst offense.
"If it gets to the point where we think we need to do something, we will," Bochy said. "As far as Guzman in particular, he got off to a slow start but he's starting to swing the bat better."
Bochy wants to give Randy Winn more time to start hitting, noting his slow starts in seasons past. He also figures that Aaron Rowand won't be hitting in the .220s for long and that Edgar Renteria will get hot.
"We've got a couple of veterans that haven't started clicking yet and they're a big part of our offense," Bochy said. "They will alleviate things when they get going."
In addition, younger players such as Emmanuel Burriss and Travis Ishikawa probably need more time to show what they can or can't do.
Pablo Sandoval, Bengie Molina and Fred Lewis, to an extent, are really the only Giants producing much. The Giants simply have too many guys struggling for the offense to work. Bochy won't wait forever.
"If we think there's a bat that's going to help us [beyond the 25-man roster], we'll do what's right," Bochy said.
David Brown is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.