3/8/2014 7:35 P.M. ET
Despite low average, Morse feels fine at plate
By AJ Cassavell / MLB.com
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Don't let the numbers deceive you: Michael Morse has been one of the most locked-in hitters in Giants camp this spring.
Sure, the 31-year-old left fielder is hitting just .167 in 12 at-bats entering Saturday, but he's had three hits, two homers and five RBIs stolen from him on three of the best plays of the entire Cactus League.
In the Giants' first game, Morse had two home runs robbed by Oakland right fielder Josh Reddick. Then, on Friday, he had a liner into the right-field corner snared on a diving catch by the Royals' Justin Maxwell just before he crossed into foul territory.
Morse doesn't mind. He just hopes he gets all the bad luck out of the way before the calendar turns to April.
"It's Spring Training, and sometimes in Spring Training you might not feel good, and you still happen to get a bunch of hits," Morse said. "This spring I've been focused on fine-tuning myself for the season, and I feel great."
Morse wasn't in the lineup for Saturday's contest against his former club, the Seattle Mariners. Morse struggled in 76 games with Seattle (and then 12 with Baltimore) last season.
Now, Morse is looking to return to the form he displayed in Washington, where he posted a .294/.343/.514 slash line over four seasons. And he believes he's getting there.
"This is probably the best spring I've had in a long time," Morse said. "I've been really fine-tuning my swing. I'm surrounded by some really, really good people who know a lot about hitting."
Adrianza in position to land utility role with Giants
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Giants infielder Ehire Adrianza was back at shortstop on Saturday, a day after seeing his first action at second base in the Giants organization since 2006.
Adrianza has garnered praise this spring for his performance at the plate, where he has already notched a triple and a homer. In the field, there has never been any concern, and Adrianza projects as one of the organization's best defensive prospects.
With at least one utility infield spot available, Adrianza appears to be a leading candidate. That, of course, means he'll have to see more time at second base in order to truly become a utility man.
Adrianza has spoken with veteran Joaquin Arias about what the job entails, and he received some sage advice.
"When you see the lineup, and you're the second baseman, forget about anywhere else," Adrianza said. "You're a second baseman. That's it."
Although Adrianza hadn't played second base for the Giants since rookie ball, he estimates that he played there about 30 times over the past two Venezuelan Winter League seasons.
"The throw's shorter, and you have to know the bunt hitters who might bunt hard to first base -- you have to be able to get to first," Adrianza said. "But really, to me, there's no real difference."
Giants manager Bruce Bochy has taken note of Adrianza's successes in camp.
"He's made so much progress over the past two years," Bochy said. "He's getting stronger with the bat. ... He's probably playing as well as anybody right now."
Adrianza is out of options, which means the Giants will need to make a decision regarding whether he's a part of their future. In the past, the biggest concern has always been his offense.
This spring, Adrianza is hitting .250 with a .667 slugging percentage through six games entering Saturday.
"I feel pretty good, man," Adrianza said. "I'm seeing the ball well, and for me, being on time is a big key for me. Sometimes I get a little bit late, and that's when I get in trouble."
Vogelsong caught between old and new delivery
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Ryan Vogelsong is in the midst of a minor transformation in his delivery.
After noticing a dip in his arm angle last season, the Giants right-hander has placed an emphasis on bringing his arm directly over the top of his body and following through downward. He said it'll eliminate some unwanted spin on his fastball.
In Saturday's Cactus League contest against Seattle, Vogelsong found himself caught up between the two, and the results weren't pretty.
"I worked all winter on changing my delivery a little bit, and I just got stuck in between the old way and the new way," said Vogelsong, who allowed seven runs (five earned) on six hits and a walk over 2 1/3 innings in the Giants' 18-3 loss. "I couldn't get myself to do what I wanted to do. But I felt fine. I wasn't as off as it looked."
Such is the purpose of Spring Training. Vogelsong is making an adjustment, and there's no better time to do so than in spring games.
But Vogelsong certainly would've liked better results, and he said he's got some homework to do before his next outing.
"I internalize a lot," Vogelsong said. "That's how you learn. I'm not just going to brush it off and say it was a bad outing. You need to analyze and fix, so that's what I'll do."
In the first inning, Vogelsong left a changeup over the middle of the plate to Brad Miller, and it wound up in the standing-room area behind right field. Four batters later, Michael Saunders drilled a backdoor cutter into the Giants' bullpen -- the second two-run homer of the frame.
Vogelsong settled down a bit after that, but he was hurt by his own fielding error in the third. He couldn't handle a high chopper, and his outing was over one batter later.
"He's trying to get more of his angle back," manager Bruce Bochy said. "That will help any pitcher, but he knows it's important for him. Keep that arm slot, and get that good angle."
Pence (elbow), Morse (calf) are day to day
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The Giants' outfield has suddenly been bitten by the injury bug, as both Hunter Pence (left elbow) and Michael Morse (calf) are day to day with injuries and doubtful for Sunday's split-squad doubleheader.
Morse hurt his calf early during Friday's game against Kansas City and was removed in the fourth inning. Pence first felt the elbow trouble on Saturday morning.
Both Morse and Pence were originally slated for an off-day on Saturday, so Sunday would mark the first game action they would miss.
"We got Morse out in time," Bochy said. "He probably could play, but it's just a little sore. We think a couple days with him will be fine. With Pence, we'll wait until tomorrow and see how he's doing."
• Sergio Romo's rough spring continued with his roughest outing yet. The veteran closer didn't retire a hitter and allowed five runs on three hits and two walks on Saturday. Romo hasn't been using his slider -- his best pitch -- and as a result, his fastball and changeup have been getting hit hard.
"Sergio, when he's good, he's using both sides and hitting his spots real nice," Bochy said. "Right now, he's off. Sure he's not using his slider, but his changeup's off and his command, too."
• The Giants signed outfielder Darren Ford to a Minor League contract on Saturday. Ford, known for his speed, spent parts of two seasons in the Majors with the Giants. He has a .286 average over 14 big league at-bats and has nine stolen bases.
• Brandon Crawford and his wife, Jalynne, welcomed their second child on Saturday. Crawford was given Sunday off to spend an extra day with his newborn daughter.
• Bochy was impressed with prospect Andrew Susac, who spent six innings behind the plate and added a two-run double on offense.
"He got worked pretty hard, and he did a nice job blocking some balls," Bochy said.