06/09/07 5:26 PM ET
Notes: Rodriguez's patience pays off
After 12 years in Minors, catcher suits up for big-league debut
By Rick Eymer / Special to MLB.com
"[Rodriguez has] been in the organization for a while, and he knows the pitching staff from Spring Training," manager Bruce Bochy said. "He's been doing a good job."Rodriguez, signed as a non-drafted free agent in 1995, looked around the clubhouse and began ticking off the names of players who had been his Minor League teammates. "All these guys," he said. "I've played with pretty much everybody, everywhere, in the Minors." The news isn't as good for Alfonzo, who arrived in the clubhouse on crutches. If he needs surgery, his season is over. "We're looking at least two months," Bochy said. "If it's surgery, it would be the year. More than likely, it's the year. We're going to have to talk to [him] about that." Transactions sheet: Outfielder Dave Roberts returned to his familiar spot at the top of the lineup after missing nearly a month following elbow surgery on May 11. Roberts was recalled from his rehab assignment with the Grizzlies and activated from the disabled list, and he arrived at the ballpark less than two hours before game time. He takes the place of outfielder Fred Lewis, who went on the 15-day DL with a right oblique strain. Lewis, who had originally replaced Roberts, underwent an MRI, with results due later in the day. "Ideally, we wanted to give him a few more at-bats," Bochy said of Roberts. "We had to rush him a little, but he's fine and good to go." Catch this: Pedro Feliz never flinched when a reporter asked him jokingly what he thought of being in the starting lineup as a catcher. "It doesn't surprise me," Feliz said. "I'm ready." Feliz, the emergency backup to the emergency backup, donned Bengie Molina's equipment with two outs in the 10th on Friday and crouched behind the plate for the first time in organized baseball. "Playing third base is not that easy, but it's tougher behind the plate," said Feliz. "I don't know how they do it." As Alfonzo was being treated, it didn't occur to Feliz that he would be called upon to finish the inning. "I was looking around, hoping he could get back up and do it," Feliz said. Feliz has now played six of the nine positions, needing to play second base and center field, and pitch to get all nine. Kevin Frandsen is the Giants' emergency catcher, and has caught bullpen sessions and worked behind the plate. But he was used as a pinch-hitter in the ninth inning, and was thus unavailable. "That's the one concern when you have two catchers," Bochy said. "But I'd rather manage to win than manage with the fear of losing my catcher." Up next: Right-hander Matt Cain (2-5, 3.54) gets the call for Sunday's series finale against A's left-hander Lenny DiNardo (2-2, 1.45). Cain leads the Giants with 58 strikeouts, though he leads the National League with 40 walks. One of his more memorable efforts was a one-hit shutout against the A's in Oakland last year.
Rick Eymer is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.