SAN FRANCISCO -- Pat Burrell and Miguel Tejada seem to be heading in opposite directions as they continue their lengthy recoveries.
Burrell, out since June 15 with a right mid-foot strain, has missed 23 games and doesn't appear any closer to returning, Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Tuesday. Burrell is flying out to North Carolina on Wednesday to meet with another specialist to seek a different type of treatment.
Given the Giants' lack of power and plate discipline during a rough patch offensively, Burrell's right-handed power and penchant for drawing walks could be useful.
"I talked to Pat at length today. He's going to get another opinion, and we'll see if there's something they can do to help clear this up," Bochy said. "It'd be nice to have him, and he's very disappointed that this thing has not come around like he had hoped."
Tejada, on the other hand, isn't far away from starting a rehab assignment. The infielder took ground balls and hit off a tee on the field Tuesday afternoon, and Bochy said he would await word from head athletic trainer Dave Groeschner before announcing anything specific.
Rowand clarifies Chicago interview
SAN FRANCISCO -- Speaking to reporters in front of his locker for about 15 minutes Tuesday afternoon, Aaron Rowand cleared the air about a recent question-and-answer session published on the Chicago Sun-Times' website, saying that he did not intend to be critical of San Francisco, the Giants or the club's fans.
In an interview with Sun-Times beat writer Joe Cowley, a friend of Rowand's from the outfielder's days with the White Sox, Cowley asked Rowand the thing he missed the most about Chicago.
Rowand responded to Cowley, "Wearing the road uniform. And you know why? Because it said 'Chicago' across the front. I got goose bumps every time I would put it on." Cowley followed that up by asking, "Not so with San Francisco?" Rowand is quoted as responding, "[Pause] Let's talk about the Bears again."
While many people interpreted the comment as being disrespectful toward San Francisco, Rowand said he was simply looking to get the interview back to what was originally being discussed: football.
"I've enjoyed my time here. I enjoy my teammates. The fans have been great to me here, the organization," Rowand said Tuesday. "Do I wish things had turned out better over my time here and I had played better and done better? Of course. But I don't have anyone else to point the finger at but myself. I'm not sitting here making any excuses about anything, but I've enjoyed my time here. I won another world championship with a great group of guys, and the fans have been supportive of me. When I've gotten booed here, it's because I deserved to get booed."
Rowand said the interview took place six weeks ago and was published now because of the upcoming NFL season, and the bulk of the article is about Rowand being a lifelong fan of the Chicago Bears. Rowand said his conversation with Cowley went on for another 15 minutes, but Cowley, with whom Rowand has since spoken, chose to end the article on that quote.
"When Joe said it's not like that in San Francisco, it caught me off guard," Rowand said. "I paused for a second and said, 'Let's get back to talking about the Bears,' because we weren't talking about my time here. We were talking about Chicago and the Bears. I said, 'Let's get back to talking about the Bears,' because that's where this conversation is at."
Beltran still sidelined by strained wrist
SAN FRANCISCO -- Carlos Beltran was out of the Giants' starting lineup for the second straight game with a strained right wrist, and manager Bruce Bochy said the right fielder felt better but likely wouldn't play Tuesday night against the Pirates.
Beltran did some range-of-motion exercises Tuesday but didn't feel any major improvement. He remains day to day, and Bochy was hopeful the club's biggest Trade Deadline acquisition would be ready to play Wednesday afternoon.
If not, however, Bochy said another day of rest -- plus Thursday's off-day -- would have Beltran in good shape to return to the lineup Friday against the Marlins.
Taking his usually cautious approach when dealing with injured players, Bochy said he didn't want to risk Beltran rushing back and suffering a setback.
"He's improving but still not quite ready, so he'll stay at day to day," Bochy said. "If we don't think he's quite ready tomorrow, then with the day off, then we're very optimistic he'll be ready to go at Florida."
SFG Productions wins NorCal Emmy Award
SAN FRANCISCO -- SFG Productions, the Giants' in-house production company, recently brought home a Northern California Emmy Award at the annual Emmy Awards Dinner at the Regency Center.
The production team received the award for "Inside the Clubhouse -- The Journey," which chronicled the Giants' quest for their first World Series title since moving to San Francisco. Producers and videographers accumulated more than 90 hours of footage as they followed the club from mid-September through the entire postseason.
Executive producers Thomas McDonald, Christopher Gargano and Paul Hodges III joined senior editor/producer Torin Simpson and producer/video editors Matthew McKee and Blake Wilberding to accept the award.
The hourlong program aired on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area in December and January, also airing on NBC Bay Area.
Barry Zito made a rehab start for Class A Advanced San Jose on Monday night, throwing 7 2/3 innings and allowing three earned runs on seven hits, two walks and seven strikeouts. Bochy said Zito will make another start, though he didn't know where, and he was pleased with how Zito threw.
Left-hander Alex Hinshaw cleared waivers and has been outrighted to Double-A Richmond. Right-hander Jose Casilla, younger brother of Giants reliver Santiago Casilla, was re-signed to a Minor League contract and will continue to rehab from Tommy John surgery in Arizona.
Adam Berry is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.