PITTSBURGH -- Though Ryan Vogelsong has thrown just 16 innings spanning four appearances with Triple-A Fresno and the Giants this season, pitching coach Dave Righetti said that the right-hander will not be on a strict pitch limit when he faces the Pittsburgh Pirates in Thursday's series finale."Like anybody, we'll keep an eye on him when he gets in the middle of the game and go from there," Righetti said Wednesday. "But there is no certain number." Though this will be Vogelsong's first Major League start since Sept. 29, 2004, his familiarity with PNC Park, due to having pitched for Pittsburgh from 2001-06, should help him remain calm.
"There's a comfortability there, because he's pitching here in a park that he's used to," Righetti said.
Nagging wrist injury sending DeRosa to DL
PITTSBURGH -- Lingering discomfort in Mark DeRosa's surgically repaired left wrist has prompted the Giants to place the utility man on the 15-day disabled list, a move that will become official Thursday.Infielder Emmanuel Burriss will be recalled from Triple-A Fresno to replace DeRosa on the active roster. Dr. Thomas Graham, who performed season-ending surgery on DeRosa in July, examined the 36-year-old on Wednesday and found inflammation in the cartilage surrounding the repaired area. DeRosa and Giants head athletic trainer Dave Groeschner drove to Cleveland, where Graham is based, since it's approximately a two-hour drive away from Pittsburgh. Based on what he was told, DeRosa believes that rest and rehabilitation will improve his condition.
"I came out of today really excited about coming back and being fine," he said.DeRosa's batting .333 (6-for-18) in 11 games but has started only four times, most recently last Wednesday at Colorado.
"After that game [the wrist] was cranky," he said.DeRosa is tired of the fluctuating feeling in his wrist.
"It's had its good days and bad days since the start of spring," he said. "The thing I'm looking for is not to have so many everyday flips of the coin, like it's going to be a good day or a bad day. I'm looking for a little bit more consistency."DeRosa has played in 37 games for the Giants since they signed him to a two-year, $12 million deal as a free agent before the 2010 season.
"No one's more frustrated than me," he said.By contrast, manager Bruce Bochy said that Burriss is "very excited" to return to the Giants, with whom he has had stints of varying lengths in each of the previous three years. In 16 games with Fresno, Burriss is batting .344 with 15 stolen bases in 18 tries. Fresno manager Steve Decker told Bochy that Burriss has "turned his game up a notch."
Ford's big night a well-rounded effort
PITTSBURGH -- It's easy to forget that Darren Ford's big night Tuesday, when he scored the winning run by dashing from third base on an infield grounder in the 10th inning, began two innings earlier when he brought home the tying run.And though Ford's speed commanded attention, it was Freddy Sanchez's artful swing that made everything possible. Pinch-running for Aaron Rowand, who singled to lead off the eighth, Ford sped to third base on Sanchez's hit-and-run single, a bouncer through the infield's left side. That area was vacated by Pirates shortstop Ronny Cedeno, who covered second base instead of second baseman Neil Walker. Ford later scored on Buster Posey's sacrifice fly. As Walker explained, "We switched it right there because Freddy has been known to hit a lot of balls to right field. You have Evan Meek out there throwing 93-94-95 with cut. The numbers said that we believed [Sanchez] was going to hit the ball that way. He's one of the best bat-control guys in all of baseball. You have to tip your cap to him. That was the changing point of the game."
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.