SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy is entertaining the possibility of returning Aubrey Huff to first base while playing Brandon Belt, who has been stationed exclusively at first, in right field.Belt played 14 games in the outfield last year, his first professional season. He occupied right field in 11 of those games and left field three times at Double-A Richmond and Triple-A Fresno (he played only first base at Class A San Jose). He did not commit an error as an outfielder. For the second day in a row Tuesday, Belt has refreshed his outfield skills by shagging fly balls in right during batting practice. Bochy indicated that Belt might be ready to make the switch in "another day or two." Bochy has been dissatisfied with San Francisco's defense, which could benefit from Huff's return to the spot where he started 97 games last year.
Torres' progress delays DL decision
SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants will give center fielder Andres Torres, whose strained left Achilles tendon is improving, at least one more day to prove whether he's healthy enough to avoid going on the 15-day disabled list.Torres, who hurt himself last Saturday, will try to take batting practice Wednesday.
"We like the progress he has made," manager Bruce Bochy said Tuesday. "We like where he is right now enough that we're going to give it another day."Torres' limp was less noticeable.
"I feel better," he said. "We'll just see what happens. We want to make sure that this is 100 percent. I don't want to rush."
Affeldt reflects on call for rivalry peace
SAN FRANCISCO -- When Jeremy Affeldt paused during his brief but heartfelt pregame speech Monday, he was just as stirred as anybody. But the Giants left-hander wasn't overwhelmed or choked up by the moment, as some observers might have believed.Affeldt simply was trying to collect his thoughts and remain coherent as he addressed the need for unity and sought to place baseball and life in perspective in the wake of the senseless Bryan Stow beating. Stow, a Giants fan, remains hospitalized in critical condition and under a medically induced coma after being attacked following the March 31 season opener at Los Angeles. The Giants dedicated Monday's series opener against the Dodgers at AT&T Park to Stow. "My emotions took over. That's why I lost my train of thought," Afffeldt said Tuesday. "In that situation, a bunch of 'uhs' is not good. I wanted to make sure I addressed the Stow family appropriately and the fans appropriately." Affeldt is especially sensitive to individuals suffering, as he has demonstrated with his involvement in Not For Sale, a San Francisco-based group that fights human trafficking. That's why he felt compelled to speak. "For me," he said, "it's real."
Outfielder Cody Ross felt no pain after running for the second day a row and performing agility drills. He remains on course to begin playing extended spring training games this weekend at the team's Scottsdale, Ariz., complex while the Giants confront the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The Giants raised nearly $70,000 for the fund dedicated to Bryan Stow, the San Francisco fan who was beaten outside of Dodger Stadium after the March 31 opener. That figure included donations from fans, proceeds from a silent auction and a $10,000 donation from the Giants.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Los Angeles left-hander Clayton Kershaw's 1.07 career ERA against the Giants is the lowest among any of the 755 pitchers who have worked at least 50 innings against the team in the last 100 seasons.
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.