SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Tuesday that the club likely will announce during the next couple of days whether it plans to reinstate left fielder Melky Cabrera, should the team progress far enough into the postseason.Cabrera received a 50-game suspension from Major League Baseball on Aug. 15 for testing positive for testosterone. San Francisco had 45 regular-season games remaining at that time. Cabrera would become eligible to rejoin the team if the Giants' postseason were to extend beyond five games. "He needs to know and we need to know," Bochy said, pointing out that Cabrera would have to begin working out diligently at about this time if San Francisco intends to bring him back. Catcher Buster Posey applauded the decision's timing, assuming it's indeed imminent.
"I think that's a great idea," Posey said. "That way you get rid of speculation, one way or the other."Posey, who said that management had not consulted Giants players about Cabrera, implied that if the team welcomed him back, the media would present more of a distraction than Cabrera himself. "No offense to you guys," Posey told reporters, "but I don't think it would bother us as much as the extra questions." Cabrera, the All-Star Game Most Valuable Player, struck a deal with MLB and the Players' Association to disqualify himself from the National League batting title. His .346 average has led the league for much of the season's second half.
Giants weighing options for postseason pitching
SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy indicated that he and the club's other decision-makers are considering numerous possibilities in discussing the composition of the Division Series pitching staff, up to and including a three-man starting rotation."I don't think you rule out anything," Bochy said Tuesday. The Giants employed a four-man rotation (Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain, Madison Bumgarner and Jonathan Sanchez) through the entire 2010 postseason. Bochy already has said that this year's postseason staff will include all five starters, though not all of them will remain in a starting role. Asked whether a starter could be moved to the bullpen on the basis of his perceived long-relief aptitude, despite perhaps deserving to start, Bochy said, "I think you look at all the variables." The Giants are still weighing whether to rely on an 11-man pitching staff, as they did two years ago, or a 12-man contingent. Their lack of a full-time closer is a factor to consider in determining the staff's size.
Posey interested in playing for U.S. Classic team
SAN FRANCISCO -- Buster Posey said Tuesday that participating in the World Baseball Classic is "something I'd really consider" if U.S. representatives asked him to play."It's something I'm definitely interested in," Posey said. He added that several factors would influence his ultimate decision if he's invited to join the U.S. squad, including the condition of his surgically repaired left ankle. The 28-man rosters for the Classic will be announced in early December, followed by competition March 2-19. The Classic's championship round will be held March 17-19 at AT&T Park. Venues were officially announced Tuesday during a news conference at the ballpark. Hector Sanchez, Posey's fellow catcher, also expressed enthusiasm to play in the Classic and represent his native Venezuela. Sanchez said that it would fulfill his "second-biggest dream," behind playing in the Major Leagues. "If the coaches in Venezuela give me the opportunity to be on the national team, of course I will be there," Sanchez said. Giants vice president of baseball operations Bobby Evans indicated that the club would back any player chosen for the Classic who wishes to compete in it, despite the conflict with Spring Training. "We're trying to be all-in and supportive of getting as many guys in there as they request," Evans said.
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.