4/29/2013 11:58 P.M. ET
Affeldt to pitch against hitters before return
By Chris Haft / MLB.com
PHOENIX -- Before left-hander Jeremy Affeldt leaves the disabled list, the Giants want to see him face hitters, a final step that will occur Wednesday.
Manager Bruce Bochy said Monday that Affeldt, who has been sidelined since April 15 with a strained right side, will either throw a simulated game against Giants teammates at Chase Field, face Minor Leaguers in extended spring training at the club's nearby training complex in Scottsdale, or make an injury rehabilitation appearance for Class A San Jose, which faces Bakersfield at home that night.
Affeldt will officially become eligible for reinstatement Tuesday, but the decision to have him confront hitters meant that his likely return date is Friday, following Thursday's scheduled off-day.
Affeldt was satisfied with his throwing session off a bullpen mound Monday, citing his improved command and success in throwing the entire repertoire of his pitches. He credited spirited workouts for his ability to avoid a prolonged layoff, assuming he doesn't experience a late setback.
"We've been pretty aggressive with it," Affeldt said. "I've been in the training room forever every day."
Sandoval exits with cranky right elbow
PHOENIX -- Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval left Monday night's game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the middle of the sixth inning with right elbow discomfort.
Sandoval, who went 2-for-3 before departing, said that he didn't feel quite right after hitting his fifth-inning RBI single.
"I felt it a little bit," said Sandoval, who was replaced by Nick Noonan. "I wanted to keep playing, but the trainer [Dave Groeschner] took me out."
Sandoval didn't complain about the Giants' caution.
"I prefer losing two at-bats to losing 15 games on the disabled list," he said.
Sandoval emphasized that his elbow didn't feel as badly as it did during Spring Training, when his activity was limited after he returned from the World Baseball Classic.
Sandoval has started 25 of San Francisco's 26 games this season and intends to make it 26 out of 27 on Tuesday. Told that manager Bruce Bochy said he might need a rest, Sandoval grinned, shook his head and said, "I don't think so."
Bochy gets tossed arguing call at first
PHOENIX -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy was ejected from Monday's game against the Arizona Diamondbacks for excessive arguing with first-base umpire Bill Miller.
Miller called Hunter Pence out at first on the back end of an inning-ending double play in the top of the fifth, prompting Bochy's ire. Television replays indicated that Pence was safe.
"That's why I was out there," Bochy said. "I didn't agree with the call."
It was Bochy's first ejection of the season and 58th of his managerial career.
Mijares departs after grandmother's death
PHOENIX -- The Giants placed left-hander Jose Mijares on the bereavement list Monday, freeing the reliever to return to his native Venezuela to mourn his grandmother's death.
Giants manager Bruce Bochy related that Mijares, 28, learned after Sunday's series finale in San Diego that his grandmother had suffered a heart attack. Mijares left immediately for his hometown of Caracas. Players must remain on the bereavement list for a minimum of three days and a maximum of seven.
"He was very distraught," Bochy said of Mijares, who was raised by his grandmother following his parents' death in an automobile accident. "He was hoping to get home to see her but didn't get home in time."
To replace Mijares on the active roster, the Giants recalled right-hander Sandy Rosario from Triple-A Fresno. These moves left Javier Lopez as the only left-hander on the active Major League roster. The Giants could have avoided that by summoning left-hander Dan Runzler from Fresno, but Bochy explained that he wanted a reliever capable of throwing multiple innings. Rosario has pitched 13 2/3 innings in nine appearances with Fresno, compared to Runzler's 9 2/3 innings in 10 games.
Rosario also compiled a 3.29 ERA with 17 strikeouts, compared to an 0.93 ERA and 11 strikeouts for Runzler.
"It was a tough call," Bochy said, "because Runzler has thrown the ball well."
Giants express support for gay NBA player
PHOENIX -- A pair of Giants players applauded NBA player Jason Collins for his willingness to reveal Monday that he's gay.
Shortstop Brandon Crawford praised Collins for setting a solid example.
"I think just in general it might give people a little more courage to come out, if they feel that way, to tell people," Crawford said. "I think he's gotten pretty accepting responses. That's a good thing. He doesn't have to hide who he is anymore. That's great for him."
Crawford believed that a gay player would be readily accepted by the Giants.
"We're teammates, no matter what," he said. "We have guys from all over the world and it doesn't seem to matter. So I don't think something like that would affect any of us."
Right-hander Sergio Romo participated in the groundbreaking 2011 video supporting the It Gets Better Project, which strives to halt teen suicides and bullying in the LGBT community. The Giants were the first professional sports team to produce such a video.
Referring to both Collins and the video, Romo said, "Things really do get better. Everybody has their own sense of individuality. If that's what makes him him, then OK. More power to him for having the courage."
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.