PITTSBURGH -- Though Miguel Tejada took his .200 batting average to the bench Thursday, Giants manager Bruce Bochy maintained faith in his 36-year-old shortstop.Tejada entered the series finale against the Pittsburgh Pirates hitting .097 (3-for-31) with three RBIs in his previous nine games. But Bochy suggested that Tejada, who's only two years removed from his sixth career All-Star season, soon will regain the form that enabled him to take a .287 lifetime batting average into this season. "Throughout the league, you see quite a few good hitters hitting around .200," Bochy said. "Look at our club. Most of our guys haven't quite found their timing. ... He's not the lone soldier in baseball. He's done it too long and he's too good a hitter not to come out of this." In fact, several estimable performers began Thursday actually hitting worse than Tejada, including Atlanta's Dan Uggla (.180), the Los Angeles Angels' Vernon Wells (.178), Adam Dunn of the Chicago White Sox (.172), the Chicago Cubs' Carlos Pena and Philadelphia's Raul Ibanez (both .169), Alex Rios of the White Sox (.163), Boston's Carl Crawford (.156) and the New York Yankees' Jorge Posada (.138). "The worst thing you can do is start panicking," Bochy said.
After quick turnaround, Burriss back in bigs
PITTSBURGH -- When last seen in a Giants uniform, Emmanuel Burriss was struggling hugely with his bat as well as with his glove. To imagine that he'd merit a promotion to the Major Leagues within the season's first month seemed inconceivable.But Burriss played himself into being the logical first choice when Mark DeRosa went on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation in his left wrist. In 16 games at Triple-A Fresno, Burriss hit .344 with 15 runs and 15 stolen bases in 18 tries. By contrast, Burriss hit .226 and committed three errors in Spring Training.
Burriss attributed the difference to his outlook regarding his left foot, which he fractured in each of the previous two seasons.
"I was tentative when it came to my foot," he said. "Now that I feel confident with my health, I can move forward."Burriss' progress also has been hastened by simply being on the field. Missing significant portions of the 2009 and 2010 seasons robbed him of valuable experience. Playing every day at Fresno, though it was a brief stint, helped him find a groove. "I don't know what the results are going to be, but I have a better idea of what I need to do," he said.
Zito off crutches, but return still indefinite
PITTSBURGH -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Thursday that it's "hard to put a target date" on Barry Zito's return from a sprained right foot, though the left-hander has completed an early phase in his recovery.Zito, who hurt himself on April 16, has shucked his crutches and can walk without wearing his protective boot, though he planned on wearing it during the Giants' flight to Washington. Zito, who was examined Wednesday by foot and ankle specialist Dr. Robert Anderson in Charlotte, N.C., cannot yet put full weight on his injured foot. Bochy said that once Zito can function without the walking boot, he'll participate in baseball-related activities for one to three weeks before trying to throw off a mound.
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.