05/23/12 7:51 PM ET
Melky, Angel earn Bochy's compliments
By Chris Haft / MLB.com
Arias taking advantage of improved health
MILWAUKEE -- It's legitimate to wonder why Joaquin Arias, who has helped the Giants weather the absence of third baseman Pablo Sandoval, has played for five organizations in 11 professional seasons.The answer, as is so often the case, is health. Arias underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder in July 2007, causing observers to question his ability to throw. Until then he had been a fairly promising prospect.
"He's a pretty well-known commodity," Bobby Evans, the Giants' vice president of baseball operations, said.Watching Arias play for Escogido in the Dominican Winter League convinced the Giants that he could throw adequately from any infield position. Of course, several other teams reached a similar conclusion. But Arias chose the Giants, though he couldn't have known at the time that Ryan Theriot would sign with San Francisco -- which conceivably could have relegated Arias to Triple-A all season -- or that Sandoval would fracture his left hamate bone. "He wanted to be sure that this was a legitimate opportunity to contribute," Evans said. "At that point we hadn't signed Theriot, but it was clear there were some windows of opportunity where he could get a utility role."
Giants option Culberson to Fresno
MILWAUKEE -- The Giants have optioned infielder Charlie Culberson to Triple-A Fresno, a move they announced after Wednesday's 8-5 loss to the Brewers.Though a corresponding transaction wasn't announced, the move is likely meant to clear space on the active roster for infielder Ryan Theriot, who's eligible to be reinstated from the 15-day disabled list on Thursday. Theriot has been sidelined by a strained right elbow. Culberson appeared in six games, including five starts at second base. He hit .136 with no extra-base hits and one RBI.
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.