07/15/10 9:05 PM ET
Giants ink Willis to Minor League deal
By Cash Kruth / MLB.com
Wellemeyer not quite ready to return
SAN FRANCISCO -- Todd Wellemeyer threw 2 2/3 innings Wednesday at Rookie-level Arizona and said while he felt no pain throwing, his strained right quad still isn't fully healed."I don't feel it when I pitch," Wellemeyer said. "When I'm done throwing, if were to go quickly in either direction [it stings]; if I were to be too explosive, I'd probably do it all over again." Wellemeyer, on the disabled list since June 11, said he is scheduled to throw Monday at Triple-A Fresno and, depending on his quad, could return to the Giants or pitch another Minor League outing. With Madison Bumgarner pitching well in the fifth slot in the rotation, Wellemeyer said he's fine with coming back as a reliever. "It's already almost August -- I doubt they'd try to put me back in a starting role, unless somebody got hurt," Wellemeyer said. "So I'm just going to prepare to be long guy out of the 'pen." In other injury news, both center fielder Andres Torres and Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Torres' left groin was fine and Torres was just getting one more day of rest by sitting out Thursday's series opener vs. the Mets.
Giants sticking with 13 pitchers for now
SAN FRANCISCO -- At least for the near future, the Giants will continue to carry a 13-man pitching staff."Right now, no," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said when asked if he was thinking about dropping a pitcher. "We'll wait and see how this goes." The Giants have eight relievers available out of the bullpen, but only one left-hander -- Jeremy Affeldt. With fellow lefty Dan Runzler out for approximately six weeks with a dislocated left patella, Bochy needs options when it comes to facing left-handed batters late in the game. In situations where he doesn't want to use Affeldt -- or already has -- Bochy said Santiago Casilla, Denny Bautista and Chris Ray are pitchers he'll call on to get left-handers out when needed. Of course, Bochy said, "any kind of situation where a position player is unavailable for two or three days, we'll probably have to make a change."
Giants look to get rolling in second half
SAN FRANCISCO -- For Buster Posey, Travis Ishikawa and the rest of the Giants, the All-Star break came at a bad time.Now, after a few days away from the diamond, the Giants are hoping to use the momentum of the first half's final road trip as a springboard for a successful second half. "That'd be huge. We'd love to pick up where we left off," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "We were playing great ball there the last two series, especially coming off some tough series. We scored runs and did a lot of good things." Posey hit .500 with six home runs and 15 RBIs on the last road trip (earning National League Player of the Week honors), while Ishikawa started seven games and hit .414 with 11 RBIs, as the Giants went 7-4 to close the first half. "When you're playing like that you don't want to see the break come, but we had some guys who needed some time off and it's going to be important for us to get out of the chute here in the second half," Bochy said. The Giants began the second half with a short four-game home series against the Mets before going back on the road for three games in Los Angeles and a four-game series in Arizona.
Cash Kruth is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.