SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Saturday's rainout of the exhibition game against the Chicago Cubs didn't change pitching plans for the Giants' top starters who could have been affected.
Scheduled to face the Cubs, Matt Cain still threw his quota of pitches, returning to the Giants' Scottsdale Stadium complex to work a pair of simulated innings. Among the relievers scheduled to follow Cain, at least one, right-hander Adam Reifer, also threw.
Right-hander Tim Hudson remained on schedule to make his Cactus League debut for the Giants on Sunday against Arizona.
Improving Adrianza about to see time at second
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The most intriguing aspect of the Giants' lineup that was rained out of Saturday's exhibition matchup against the Chicago Cubs was the presence of Ehire Adrianza at second base.
Adrianza's appearance at second base was inevitable, and he could start there as early as Sunday against Arizona. Competing against Tony Abreu and Nick Noonan for a backup infield spot, Adrianza, who has played second base just once in eight Minor League seasons, must prove he can handle the position adequately to have a chance to win a utility role.
Adrianza has demonstrated excellent range and sure hands with his career-long performance at shortstop. This spring, the 24-year-old rookie has been more assertive at the plate. The switch-hitting Adrianza lined a three-run homer in Wednesday's Cactus League opener against Oakland, then added a triple in Friday's split-squad victory over Milwaukee.
"For me, he's one of the most improved players in our camp," hitting coach Hensley Meulens said. "We haven't really done anything with him. He's just growing and maturing, he's playing more and gaining confidence. It's good to see that he's able to turn on balls and drive them, not be a Punch-and-Judy hitter like he used to be."
Giants' game against Cubs canceled due to rain
MESA, Ariz. -- Amid extreme confusion, the Giants' exhibition Saturday against the Chicago Cubs was rained out. No makeup date was scheduled.
Typically, when a game is postponed or canceled, all of the principals from both teams find out immediately, including the media relations staffs. But some of the Cubs personnel didn't know about the rainout until they heard the public-address announcer inform the fans.
The mixup could have been partly due to the appearance of the sun about a half-hour after the game's scheduled start was delayed. The sunlight and the apparent attempts of the grounds crew at brand-new Cubs Park to make the field playable created the impression that the game at least would be started, if not completed.