05/17/12 2:50 PM ET
Melky back in action; Arias still out
By Chris Haft / MLB.com
"He's not quite ready," Bochy said. "He's still a little sore. He can't quite let the bat go."Arias was injured Tuesday when he was hit by a pitch from Colorado's Jeremy Guthrie. He had started 15 of 19 games at that point.
Giants concerned about Surkamp's elbow
SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Thursday that left-hander Eric Surkamp has experienced an unspecified setback in his recovery from a strained throwing elbow, which is an ominous development for the club's pitching depth.Asked if the 24-year-old Surkamp might need surgery, Bochy said only, "Obviously there's concern." Surkamp, who spent most of last season at Double-A Richmond, showed promise in Spring Training, posting a 3-1 record with a 4.41 ERA in five Cactus League appearances. He struck out 14 batters and walked five in 16 1/3 innings, a considerable improvement over his six-game stint last September with the Giants (13 strikeouts and 17 walks in 26 2/3 innings).
Giants give Crawford shot at No. 2 spot
SAN FRANCISCO -- Brandon Crawford became the ninth different Giant to bat second as he occupied that spot for Thursday's game against the St. Louis Cardinals.Though Crawford went 0-for-4 Wednesday, manager Bruce Bochy pointed out that he made solid contact twice.
"He actually has been swinging the bat pretty well lately," Bochy said.Entering Thursday, San Francisco's No. 2 hitters ranked 13th in the National League in slugging percentage (.336) and 12th in batting average (.243), on-base percentage (.308) and OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage, .644). The Giants also had received one homer and 11 RBIs from their No. 2 hitters. Freddy Sanchez was expected to solidify the second berth, but has remained sidelined while trying to overcome a dislocated right shoulder and, more recently, lower back stiffness. "I'll continue to mix it up in that No. 2 hole until we find somebody we're comfortable with," Bochy said.
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.