04/18/12 3:10 AM ET
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By Chris Haft / MLB.com
Burrell throws out Giants' first pitch
SAN FRANCISCO -- In a nice convergence of circumstances, the Giants invited Pat Burrell to toss Tuesday night's ceremonial first pitch, a gesture that acknowledged his contributions to the 2010 World Series-winning club.And it just so happened that the Philadelphia Phillies, with whom Burrell spent the bulk of his 12-year Major League career, were in town. That club will honor Burrell next month with pregame ceremonies in Philadelphia and by signing him to a one-day contract that will enable him to retire as a Phillie. Burrell recalled seeing the Phillies extend similar tributes to Mike Lieberthal and Doug Glanville while he played for them.
"I remember it was a really nice thing for the organization to do," Burrell said.But if Burrell's past is associated mostly with the Phillies, his immediate future lies primarily with the Giants. He spent most of Spring Training accompanying various Giants scouts to Cactus League games, learning the subtleties of that craft.
"He has been some help already," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said, noting that Burrell has pointed out nuances of certain pitchers that escaped other observers.Forced to retire after last season by a right foot injury, Burrell said that he hasn't missed being on the field.
"When I didn't play in Interleague games, I kind of knew I probably wouldn't play after last season," said Burrell, sporting his Giants World Series ring on his right hand. "So I had three months or so to kind of prepare for that. I just knew I physically couldn't do it. So in that respect it wasn't difficult."
Burriss seeing plenty of time at second base
SAN FRANCISCO -- Emmanuel Burriss started his fifth game in a row at second base Tuesday night against the Philadelphia Phillies, but that didn't necessarily make him a regular.Bruce Bochy said that Ryan Theriot will start Wednesday night's game against Phillies left-hander Cliff Lee, thus reflecting the manager's semi-official intent to use the switch-hitting Burriss against right-handed pitching and the right-handed-swinging Theriot against lefties. Though Burriss still struggles with left-handed pitching -- he's 1-for-23 in those situations dating back to last season -- he entered Tuesday batting .273 overall.
"I think he deserves to be out there right now," Bochy said.Burriss and Theriot could divide playing time more equally in the immediate future. The Giants will face two left-handers (Jonathan Niese and Johan Santana) and two right-handers (Mike Pelfrey and Dillon Gee) in their upcoming four-game series at New York.
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.