04/16/10 10:30 PM ET
Rowand suffers fractured cheek, concussion
Giants outfielder beaned by pitch from Padilla
By Chris Haft / MLB.com
Giants skipper wishes Lewis well
LOS ANGELES -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy shared the consensus opinion that outfielder Fred Lewis, who was traded Thursday to the Toronto Blue Jays, needed a fresh start with another team."I'm happy for Freddie," Bochy said Friday. "But we're backed up here with outfielders." Bochy mentioned that Lewis seemed to get "derailed" offensively early last season. Following a promising 2008 performance (.282, 81 runs scored in 133 games), Lewis drove in one run in the first month of '09 and finished with the fifth-fewest RBIs (20) among Major Leaguers with at least 300 plate appearances. "This could be a case where a change of scenery would be good for him," Bochy said of Lewis, who began the season on the disabled list with a sore left side. Bochy said that he spoke with Lewis after the trade and wished him well. "He came into spring with a great attitude and worked his tail off," Bochy said. "I don't know what their plans are for him, but I think he'll help their club."
Molina eschews clashing gloves
LOS ANGELES -- Bengie Molina loves the added cushioning he receives from a new line of batting gloves.But Molina won't wear the gloves, which are produced by a company known as XProTeX, in a regular-season game. A significant portion of the extra padding is tinted yellow, which would clash with the Giants' orange-and-black color scheme. "You can use it," said Molina, who employed the gloves during offseason and Spring Training batting-practice sessions, "but you want to look good." Molina observed that the Pittsburgh Pirates and Oakland A's, whose uniforms include gold or yellow, wouldn't have to give the gloves a second thought. "They feel great," Molina said. "... I think it's a great invention if they find a way to put them in the right [team] colors."
Knuckleball a rare sight for Giants
LOS ANGELES -- The Giants are in for an unusual experience Saturday when they face Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander Charlie Haeger, who favors a knuckleball.Haeger, 26, has appeared twice against the Giants in relief, allowing one earned run in 1 1/3 innings. Giants manager Bruce Bochy acknowledged that trying to hit a knuckleball becomes a see-the-ball, hit-the-ball exercise. "You have to make sure you let it travel and don't commit too early," Bochy said. "Then you swing and hope." Giants veterans have had mixed success against the few knuckleballers they've faced. For example, Aaron Rowand owns a .647 lifetime average (11-for-17) against Tim Wakefield, while Bengie Molina's hitting .350 (7-for-20) off him. Juan Uribe (.250, 3-for-12), Edgar Renteria (.176, 3-for-17) and Aubrey Huff (.164, 9-for-55) have been less productive against Wakefield. Against retired knuckleballer Steve Sparks, Renteria was 3-for-5, Rowand 2-for-8, Uribe 1-for-2, Molina 0-for-6 and Huff 0-for-2.
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.