05/27/10 4:30 PM ET
Bochy wants struggling Lincecum to relax
Giants skipper encourages ace amid uncharacteristic stretch
By Cash Kruth / MLB.com
Improving Affeldt still sidelined
SAN FRANCISCO -- Jeremy Affeldt's left hamstring is improving, but the Giants' left-handed reliever said on Thursday that his return still is day-to-day.Affeldt sprained his hamstring on Sunday against the A's in the eighth inning while trying to field a sacrifice bunt by Daric Barton, who led off the inning. Affeldt faced two more batters before leaving the game. Affeldt threw from 90 feet on Wednesday to keep his arm fresh, but he did not plan on running or jogging on Thursday due to the cold, rainy conditions at AT&T Park. Affeldt, who is 2-3 with a 3.12 ERA in 17 appearances, said his next step is to throw a light bullpen session on Friday and go from there. "If that goes well, who knows what's next?" Affeldt said. "Maybe I could be ready to take the mound again soon."
Medders on track for June 4 return
SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants reliever Brandon Medders threw off a mound on Wednesday for the first time since going on the disabled list with inflammation in his right knee, and a day later, he said his knee is improving.Medders, who underwent surgery on his knee on Oct. 5, was placed on the 15-day disabled list on May 20 after experiencing discomfort. In 14 appearances this season, the right-hander had posted a 7.20 ERA, an inflated figure thanks to a one-inning, six-run outing on May 19 against Arizona. On Thursday, Medders said he planned on throwing another bullpen session on Friday before the Giants open a three-game set against the D-backs. Medders said he expects to be full-go by June 4, the day he's eligible to come off the DL. "Absolutely," Medders said of the timetable. "It's looking that way now."
Giants call up Joaquin to reinforce 'pen
SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants called up right-handed reliever Waldis Joaquin from Triple-A Fresno on Thursday to ensure they had a fully staffed bullpen for the next few games.As part of the transaction, infielder Matt Downs was optioned to Fresno. "With [left-handed reliever Jeremy Affeldt] not being available, we need another arm up here to cover ourselves," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "Matt Downs did a nice job up here, but he goes back to get some playing time." Joaquin was part of the Giants' Opening Day roster, posting a 9.64 ERA in four appearances.
Cash Kruth is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.