04/16/11 11:59 PM ET
Giants scout Osborne passes away
By Barry M. Bloom / MLB.com
Osborne, 75, lived in Woodstock, Ga., where he died Friday. Osborne had spent 58 years as a baseball scout, the last 19 with the Giants, for whom he filled a recent role as special consultant.
Osborne was drafted by the Tigers and played six seasons in the big leagues. He batted .206 (157-for-763) with 17 home runs and 86 RBIs in 359 games with Detroit from 1957-62 and Washington in 1963. Osborne had his best season in '63 while playing for the Senators, appearing in a career-high 125 games and hitting a career-best 12 home runs. He also drove in 44 runs.
Zito departs early after spraining foot
PHOENIX -- Giants left-hander Barry Zito was removed from Saturday night's 5-3 victory over the D-backs in the second inning with a right mid-foot sprain. X-rays were negative and he will undergo an MRI on Sunday to determine the extent of the injury.
Zito left the clubhouse at Chase Field on crutches after the game, which extended San Francisco's current winning streak to four. His personal streak of never having missed a regular-season start because of injury may be in jeopardy. Zito's next slated to start against the Braves in San Francisco on Friday.
"You never know, incredible things can happen," Zito said. "We'll see what the MRI shows tomorrow and we'll take it day by day."
As Arizona rallied in the bottom of the inning from a 2-0 deficit, Zito dove forward to catch a pop bunt by D-backs pitcher Joe Saunders in front of the mound. Zito made the catch, but as he readied himself for the next hitter, Giants athletic trainer Dave Groeschner came to the mound at the urging of catcher Buster Posey.
After some discussion, Zito took a warmup pitch and then walked off the field accompanied by Groeschner and manager Bruce Bochy. Zito had already allowed a pair of doubles in the inning, the second of which, struck by D-backs catcher Miguel Montero, drove in two runs.
Zito said he felt his foot land strangely on the turf as he tried to push off to make the play, although he didn't twist it.
"I was just pushing off to get the bunt," Zito said. "My foot went at a weird angle. I threw the pitch, saw the ball come off the bat and went to go get it. It's really odd. I put my weight all on one foot just to jump."
Zito is 0-1 with a 6.23 ERA in three starts this season. He hasn't won since Sept. 19 in San Francisco over the Brewers and was left off last year's playoff roster for all three rounds as the Giants won the World Series for the first time since 1954.
Zito is earning $18.5 million this year in the fourth year of a seven-year contract that guarantees him $126 million. Since joining the Giants for the 2007 season, Zito is 40-58 with a 4.47 ERA.
He was already in a car accident in Los Angeles on the eve of the March 31 season opener at Dodger Stadium. Though he sustained a neck injury in the collision that totaled his rental car, Zito made his first start as scheduled on April 3 during that four-game series, saving the streak that may have ended Saturday at 356 starts. He threw six innings that day in a 7-5 loss.
"I was able recover from that accident and it was huge," Zito said. "So maybe things we'll work out. We'll just see."
Torres still bothered by Achilles tendon strain
PHOENIX -- Giants center fielder Andres Torres said Saturday that he's disappointed his strained left Achilles tendon landed him on the 15-day disabled list.
Torres has been slow to respond getting injured last Saturday night in a game at San Francisco against the Cardinals. Talking to reporters before the Giants' rematch against the D-backs, Torres was wearing an anti-inflammatory patch on the back of his left foot and has backed off running or exercises at least for the time being.
"It bothers me a little bit," said Torres, who was officially DLed on Friday. "We want to make sure now that it's 100 percent. I tried to run a few times, but I'm not able to run like I want to. It's better to wait and see how it feels for a couple of days. The main thing is I want to go out there at 100 percent. I don't want to go out there if I'm hurt because that's not going to help anybody, I don't think."
Torres, batting .286 (8-for-28) with three doubles and three runs scored, was backdated on the DL to last Sunday and is eligible to be reactivated when the Giants open a three-game series at Pittsburgh on April 26. For now, he's been replaced on the 25-man roster by 25-year-old outfielder Darren Ford, who was recalled from Triple-A Fresno.
In Torres' place, Aaron Rowand has been playing center field. Rowand was back in the leadoff spot Saturday after an 0-for-5 game with three whiffs in the opener of the series, a 5-2 San Francisco win. Giants manager Bruce Bochy also decided to give rookie first baseman Brandon Belt a night off in lieu of Mark DeRosa. Belt, a left-handed hitter who is struggling at .200 (9-for-45), was benched against D-backs left-handed starter Joe Saunders.
Ford was batting .323 (10-for-31) with two doubles, a homer, six RBIs and six runs scored in seven games for the Grizzlies. He arrived in time Friday night to play the last two innings defensively. Torres, for now, is sitting it out.
"I ran [Friday] and it was still bothering me," Torres said. "We're going to take a few days and see how it feels. I think rest is going to be the best thing right now."
Ross making good progress in calf rehab
PHOENIX -- Giants right fielder Cody Ross played his second consecutive game in extended spring training Saturday and is quickly progressing in his return from a right calf injury that has kept him on the disabled list since the start of the regular season.
"Ross got five at-bats and had a couple of hits -- a single and a double," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said prior to his club's rematch against the D-backs at Chase Field on Saturday.
According to Bochy, Ross was sent to Las Vegas to begin his official Minor League rehab with Triple-A Fresno. He'll play games Sunday and Monday in Vegas before the big club makes a decision on the next move. There's an outside chance Ross can come off the 15-day DL sometime next week and rejoin the team at Denver, where the Giants open a three-game series against the Rockies on Monday night. More likely, he'll probably be reactivated when the team returns home for a three-game series against the Braves on Friday night.
Ross was injured March 23 during a Cactus League game against the Angels at Tempe, Ariz., and hadn't played since then until an extended spring game Friday. The team originally said that Ross was expected to be out for three weeks.
"He'll play seven innings for the Fresno team [Sunday] and we'll see how he comes out of that," Bochy said. "When he's done in Vegas, we'll see where he's at. There's a chance that he could still be activated [in Denver]. We're not ruling that out. The weather could have something to do with it. We're supposed to get some rain there. That could also play a part in it."
A quick return by Ross would help supplement the Giants' outfield situation. Center fielder Andres Torres (strained left Achilles tendon] was placed on the 15-day DL on Friday and is not eligible to return until April 26. The Giants recalled outfielder Darren Ford from Fresno to replace Torres on the roster for time being.
Barry M. Bloom is national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.