7/3/2013 7:06 P.M. ET
Casilla slated for possibly final rehab outing
By Chris Haft / MLB.com
CINCINNATI -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy indicated Wednesday that right-hander Santiago Casilla, who has progressed steadily from right knee surgery, will be reinstated from the 15-day disabled list during the weekend or shortly afterward.
Casilla, who started and allowed one hit in two scoreless innings for Class A San Jose on Tuesday, will make one more appearance for the Minor League Giants on Thursday. If Casilla avoids setbacks and is cleared to play, his activation will follow, though Bochy said that Friday will be too early a date.
Infielder Joaquin Arias (left hamstring) ran more extensively before batting practice and was pronounced fit by Bochy to enter the game in the late innings as part of a double-switch if necessary. Arias hasn't played since June 24.
Giants join undesirable champions club
CINCINNATI -- The torrent of trivia in the wake of Homer Bailey's no-hitter Tuesday against the Giants included some intriguing facts.
The Giants became the ninth reigning World Series champion in Major League history to lose a no-hitter. The other victors were the New York Yankees' George Mogridge in 1917 over Boston; St. Louis' Lon Warneke in 1941 over Cincinnati; Detroit's Virgil Trucks in 1952 against the Yankees; the Giants' Gaylord Perry in 1968 over St. Louis; Texas' Jim Bibby in 1973 over the A's; Cleveland's Dick Bosman in 1974 against the A's; Texas' Nolan Ryan in 1990 over the A's; and the New York Mets' Johan Santana last year against St. Louis.
If you're looking for omens, the Giants proceeded to win the National League West in both of the previous years when they were no-hit: 1997 and 2003.
Giants manager Bruce Bochy, for one, didn't dwell on Bailey's triumph.
"It was a tremendous pitching job," Bochy said, giving the Cincinnati right-hander his just due. "It was impressive. The last three innings it was, 'Here it is.'"
Bochy hasn't received All-Star campaign calls
CINCINNATI -- The silence has surprised Bruce Bochy.
The Giants manager, who will steer the National League squad in the July 16 All-Star Game, said Wednesday that he has received no phone calls from fellow managers intent on campaigning for one or two of their players.
As a result, Bochy must seek some answers for himself as he prepares for the selection of the Midsummer Classic rosters to be announced Saturday.
"I'll have to make some calls, just to see," he said Wednesday.
Bochy, who also managed the NL in the 1999 and 2011 All-Star Games, said that winnowing down the pitching staff will present a challenge.
"The guys have had a really good half, relievers and starters," he said.
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.