7/20/2013 12:28 A.M. ET
Beloved broadcaster Simmons celebrates 90th birthday
By Chris Haft / MLB.com
SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants devoted a pregame moment Friday to honoring an individual who has meant as much to the organization as any of their Hall of Fame ballplayers: Former broadcaster Lon Simmons, who turned 90 on Friday.
Simmons received a standing ovation from early-arriving patrons at AT&T Park after his call of the final out of the Giants-Dodgers 1962 playoff was replayed over the public-address system and the corresponding video appeared on the Diamond Vision screen.
Recipient of the Ford C. Frick Award for broadcasting excellence in 2004, Simmons flashed his characteristic, self-deprecating sense of humor in a chat with reporters.
"Fans of a certain age tell me that they used to take their transistor radios to bed and fall asleep listening to me," said Simmons, who was at the microphone for the Giants' debuts at Seals Stadium (1958), Candlestick Park (1960) and Pacific Bell Park (2000). "I tell them that I used to put people to sleep all the time."
Simmons also threw the ceremonial first pitch. Formerly a Minor League pitching prospect in the Phillies organization, Simmons stood a few feet in front of the mound and one-hopped Sergio Romo with his toss.
Vogelsong to test hand against live hitters in BP
SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants have a flexible pitching schedule in mind for right-hander Ryan Vogelsong that would enable him to rejoin the starting rotation by mid-August.
Vogelsong, who's recovering from a fractured pinkie on his throwing hand, will throw to hitters in "live" batting practice Saturday for the first time since incurring the injury May 20.
"That's a pretty good sign that you're on your way," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Friday.
Assuming that Vogelsong's BP session proceeds smoothly, he might start in an injury-rehabilitation outing with Triple-A Fresno or Class A San Jose sometime next week.
Then, after accompanying the Giants to the White House for the World Series champions' ceremonial meeting with President Obama on July 29, Vogelsong is expected to report to the Giants' Double-A Richmond affiliate to start at least once and probably twice.
Vogelsong threw two bullpen sessions off of a mound at the Giants' training complex in Scottsdale, Ariz., during the All-Star break, which fueled his confidence for Saturday's drill. "I'm assuming that everything is going to go well," he said, calling the experience of facing hitters a "good test."
Bochy said that Vogelsong must rebuild his arm strength enough to enable him to throw 80 pitches before the Giants will consider starting him in a Major League game.
Arias needs more time to return from appendicitis
SAN FRANCISCO -- Utility infielder Joaquin Arias, who's recovering from appendicitis, likely will need to spend two or three additional days on the disabled list beyond the earliest possible date for his reinstatement, which is next Tuesday.
This development, which manager Bruce Bochy announced Friday, bore no significant impact. Arias was expected to miss at least two weeks after undergoing an appendectomy July 7. The probable delay in his activation from the DL is not that extreme.
Arias, 28, owns a .282 batting average in 60 games, including 23 starts -- 13 at third base, six at shortstop and four at first base.
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.