7/12/2013 10:07 P.M. ET
Francoeur, Casilla may join Giants on Saturday
By Chris Haft / MLB.com
SAN DIEGO -- Outfielder Jeff Francoeur and reliever Santiago Casilla likely could join the Giants on Saturday, manager Bruce Bochy said.
Francoeur, a .264 lifetime hitter who has played for the Braves, Mets, Rangers and Royals in nine seasons, hit .154 (2-for-13) with two RBIs in his first three games with the Giants' Triple-A Fresno affiliate after signing a Minor League deal with the Giants on Tuesday. Bochy said Friday that the right-handed-batting Franceour probably will platoon with left-handed-batting Kensuke Tanaka in left field.
Francoeur will become the seventh Giant to play left field this season, joining Tanaka, Andres Torres, Gregor Blanco, Francisco Peguero, Cole Gillespie and Brett Pill.
Casilla hasn't pitched since May 20, shortly before he underwent surgery for removal of a cyst from his right knee. The Giants' top right-handed setup man had a 3-2 record with a 1.89 ERA in 21 appearances before he went on the disabled list.
Bochy awaiting All-Star spot to add Romo
SAN DIEGO -- Accustomed to calling upon Sergio Romo in the ninth inning, Giants manager Bruce Bochy might find himself summoning his closer at a vastly different time in Tuesday's All-Star Game.
Bochy, who will manage the National League All-Stars, is responsible for finding enough pitching to consume 16 innings. This rule was devised in the wake of the 7-7 tie in the 2002 Midsummer Classic, when both teams ran out of available pitchers.
So Bochy has been contacting NL managers with pitchers on the All-Star squad to determine who might be able to participate in the game, and for how long.
Romo wasn't named to the pitching staff when All-Star rosters were initially released last Saturday, but Bochy expressed optimism that he'll find room for the right-hander. A handful of pitchers likely won't be able to perform in the All-Star Game because they're starting Sunday and their teams want to protect their health. Among the pitchers who either are appearing Sunday or enduring tender arms are St. Louis' Adam Wainwright, Pittsburgh's Jeff Locke, Chicago's Travis Wood and Washington's Jordan Zimmermann. Romo, who has 21 saves in 24 chances, likely would replace one of them.
Bochy said that he and Giants pitching coach Dave Righetti began discussing how extensively they want to use their own All-Star starter, left-hander Madison Bumgarner. Having pitched Thursday, Bumgarner would be well-rested for an inning or two of relief.
Bochy mildly curious about Wilson's comeback
SAN DIEGO -- Reports that former Giants closer Brian Wilson soon may begin throwing for interested teams barely registered on Bruce Bochy's radar Friday. Still, the Giants manager sounded as if he'll monitor Wilson's ongoing saga.
"It's nothing I'll pay a lot of attention to," Bochy said, referring to Wilson's impending appearances for big league clubs. "But now that he's trying out, I think all of us will be curious because he was a teammate."
Wilson, who underwent Tommy John elbow surgery in April 2012 and became a free agent after last season, ranks third on the Giants' all-time saves list with 171, trailing only Robb Nen (206) and Rod Beck (199). Wilson and Beck share the club's single-season save record of 48, which they reached in 2010 and 1993, respectively.
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.