HOUSTON -- The Giants' Wall of Fame will add two new members Saturday when right-hander Jason Schmidt and center fielder Marvin Benard are honored in pregame ceremonies.The Wall of Fame commemorates the accomplishments of retired players who performed for a minimum of nine seasons as a San Francisco Giant, or five seasons with at least one All-Star selection while representing the club. Schmidt was the acknowledged ace of the staff through most of his Giants tenure (2001-06). The three-time All-Star compiled a 78-37 mark as a Giant and owns a .678 winning percentage, the highest among pitchers with at least 100 decisions since the franchise moved to San Francisco in 1958. Schmidt ranks among the all-time San Francisco leaders in wins (seventh), ERA (fourth, 3.36), shutouts (tied for 10th with nine) and strikeouts (fourth, 1,065). Schmidt also tied Christy Mathewson's 102-year-old franchise mark in 2006 when he struck out 16 Florida Marlins. Benard spent 1995-2003 with the Giants, hitting .271 with 54 home runs and 260 RBIs in 891 games, mostly from the leadoff spot. His best seasons included 1998, when he hit .322; 1999, when he batted .290 with a career-high 16 home runs and 64 RBIs; and 2000, when he scored a career-high 102 runs.
Edlefsen called up, makes Major League debut
HOUSTON -- Steve Edlefsen, the 26-year-old right-hander recalled Sunday from Triple-A Phoenix as closer Brian Wilson went on the disabled list, gives San Francisco's bullpen a slightly different look.Edlefsen throws from a low three-quarter arm slot -- not quite sidearm, but suggestive of that. Edlefsen explained that he felt natural employing this motion while playing shortstop at Barton County (Kan.) Community College and the University of Nebraska. In fact, Boston selected Edlefsen as an infielder in the 41st round of the 2004 First-Year Player Draft. He didn't pitch full-time until the Giants drafted him in the 16th round in 2007. Edlefsen made his Major League debut in the fifth inning with runners on the corners and two outs, recording a strikeout of Clint Barmes to bail out the Giants.
Edlefsen gave the ball he threw that struck out Barmes to his father, Brad, who flew in for the game from Minneapolis. Edlefsen's wife, Christine, jetted in from the couple's home in Phoenix.
"It's a fun way to spend my first day in the big leagues," said Edlefsen, who also received the Giants' dugout scorecard as a souvenir. "What can I say? I'm excited. And I contributed, so that's the cherry on top."Edlefsen was 2-4 with a 5.66 ERA in 32 appearances for Fresno, though he went unscored upon in seven of his last 10 outings. He also worked more than one inning in seven of those games. This reflected the improvement he has made since elbow inflammation sidelined him for a month and a half earlier this season. "I feel like I'm back to where I was in Spring Training," said Edlefsen, who recorded a 0.96 ERA in 11 Cactus League appearances. "I'm not worried about mechanics and I can just let the ball go."
Beltran's hand continues to improve
HOUSTON -- Monday's off-day won't be an idle one for right fielder Carlos Beltran, who hopes to be activated from the 15-day disabled list when he becomes eligible Tuesday.Head athletic trainer Dave Groeschner said that Beltran will be among the myriad of injured Giants receiving treatment at AT&T Park during the off-day. Beltran, recovering from a strained right hand, is far from certain to return Tuesday. But the switch-hitter has provided encouragement by continuing to swing from both sides of the plate indoors and right-handed, which doesn't aggravate his injury, during pregame batting practice. Asked about Beltran's chances of leaving the DL on Tuesday, manager Bruce Bochy offered a cryptic remark: "We'll make that decision."
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.