02/26/12 8:23 PM EST
Former outfielder Burrell may join coaching staff
By Chris Haft / MLB.com
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Giants general manager Brian Sabean said Sunday that he's still pondering whether to add former outfielder Pat Burrell to the team's stable of special assistants and part-time coaches.Sabean said that Burrell's recent shoulder surgery has delayed a decision. Burrell, 35, was forced to retire this offseason after a right foot injury limited him to 92 games and a .230 average with seven home runs and 21 RBIs last year. In 2010, Burrell hit .266 with 18 homers and 51 RBIs to hasten the Giants' march to the World Series. His selective plate approach impressed the Giants and prompted their desire to add him to their staff. "We hope to figure something out," said Sabean, who's contemplating "what suits his interests and helps us." Other ex-Giants who are currently working within the organization in baseball operations include Will Clark, J.T. Snow and Jeff Kent.
Burres back with Giants as non-roster invitee
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Brian Burres would say "Amen" to Willie McCovey's deathless remark, "Once you're a Giant, you're always a Giant."Burres pitched for Baltimore, Toronto and Pittsburgh after the Giants designated him for assignment following the 2005 season. But the left-hander is back with his original organization as a non-roster invitee. Burres, 18-25 with a 5.75 ERA in the Majors, seized the chance to rejoin the Giants, with which he had pitched up to the Double-A level. "I wanted to come back. I liked it when I was here," said Burres, 30. "It wasn't really a choice to leave. It's an easy transition back and I think it's a good fit." Burres' most impressive season in the Giants' system was 2004, when he finished 12-1 with a 2.84 ERA for high Class A San Jose. That same year, Matt Cain went 7-1 for San Jose. Since leaving the Giants organization, Burres has divided six consecutive seasons between Triple-A and the Majors.
Manager Bruce Bochy was impressed with the overall control of the Giants' pitchers during their first stint of pitching batting practice."They all look like they're close to being game-ready. That's nice to have," Bochy said. "We've had camps, to be honest, where we've been all over the board in BP. But these guys are pretty good as far as hitting their target." For example, left-hander Jeremy Affeldt was pleased with his repertoire, despite plunking Pablo Sandoval. "My sinker had a lot of late movement, my curveball's curving, my split was splitting and my four-seamer was riding," Affeldt said. As planned, right-hander Ryan Vogelsong will play catch Monday for the first time since straining his back. Vogelsong, the Giants' No. 4 starter, has missed all of Spring Training so far. "I haven't even been outside, except to walk to my car," he said. Bochy said that Thursday remains the date for the intrasquad game. Pitchers will taper their workload toward the end of the week in advance of that game and the Saturday exhibition opener against Arizona.
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.