3/16/2014 8:09 P.M. ET
Hudson catching up with extra work
By Barry M. Bloom and Tyler Emerick / MLB.com
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- At the time of year when most starters are throwing around 75 pitches, Giants right-hander Tim Hudson hit the century mark Sunday after persuading the club to let him up his pitch count as he continues to claw his way back from July ankle surgery.
"Honestly, I needed the work," Hudson said. "The bottom line is I've got to get ready for the start of the year. If that means throwing 100 pitches every time I'm out there, that's what I'm going to do. Hopefully I won't have to. Hopefully things will start clicking better, but it is what it is."
The Giants were planning to pull Hudson following his fourth inning of work, but the veteran convinced manager Bruce Bochy to send him out for the fifth, in which he retired the first two batters he faced before the club went to the bullpen.
"It's about getting ready and he knows himself more than we do," Bochy said. "He got a good workload in today. One hundred pitches, he can check that one off already."
Hudson got off to a shaky start Sunday against the Indians, allowing two hits and two walks in the first inning. But as his outing wore on, the righty settled down and he eventually retired seven of the final eight batters he faced.
He finished the day giving up three runs on five hits and four walks while striking out four.
"Obviously the walks are a little bit of a concern but there were a lot of pitches that were just missing for me that are going to start sharpening up," Hudson said. "The last couple innings were much better and now I got two or three more starts to get ready for the real thing."
Hudson, inked to a two-year, $35 million deal with the Giants last winter, said he's happy with how his surgically repaired ankle is feeling, but that since he lost his offseason to rehab, he feels behind where he usually would be at this point in camp.
"This has definitely been different for me," Hudson said. "I think gradually I'm getting in better pitching shape but it's a little more challenging than it normally is."
Hudson needed to make a couple of plays at first base Sunday -- the same play on which he suffered the ankle injury -- and he did so without a glitch. He'd like his command to be better, but he believes the accuracy will come with more time on the mound this spring.
"It's just inconsistency right now that is the issue," he said. "And that's a direct result of not quite being where I want to be physically. The only way to get there, though, is to work hard and get through it; that's why we're here."
Bonds' week as coach 'a lot of fun'
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Barry Bonds' one-week stint as special Giants hitting coach ended on a positive note, and he's available to continue at the largess of manager Bruce Bochy.
"You have to take baby steps," Bonds said before the Giants played the Indians at Scottsdale Stadium. "You can accomplish a little bit in seven days. But Rome wasn't built in a week. It's up to Bochy. He needed to see how I responded to the guys, how the guys responded to me.
"It's not what I think, it's what they think. I've had my time. I've had my career. Those days are gone. It's about what contribution they think I bring to the organization."
Bonds returned Monday to a well-attended press conference and has spent the rest of the week blending into the fabric of spring camp. It was the first time since Sept. 26, 2007, his last game as an active player, that Bonds donned the Giants uniform in an on-field capacity.
Bochy said Bonds had the anticipated impact this past week. On Monday, Bochy said the Giants would "always have a welcome mat out there for him." He reiterated that Sunday.
"He did great," said Bochy, who managed the now 49-year-old Bonds during his final season and has guided the Giants to a pair of World Series titles since he left. "The players got a lot out of what Barry was talking about, both the mental and physical part of hitting. He seemed to enjoy his time here, too. He's really into helping the hitters here. They sense that, that he wants to help. We hope he comes back."
Bonds has relocated from Los Angeles to San Francisco and is now living in the shadow of AT&T Park, where he became the all-time home run leader by passing Hank Aaron on Aug. 7, 2007, on the way to his final tally of 762.
"It was a lot of fun, a lot of fun," he said. "I was on the other side of the wall. I'm used to getting up and getting myself prepared and now I had to get myself mentally prepared to face a group. I never had to do that. My first few days I was very tired. I was in bed at 8:30, gone, exhausted because there's no miracles in this, there's no fast way of getting this. It's a process."
Bonds said he's just trying to fit back in to the entire Giants superstructure both past and present, from Bochy to hitting coach Hensley Meulens.
Bonds reiterated he isn't ready for a full-time job, but would be content to helicopter in any time he's needed.
"He'll go home and have a chance to reflect on his time here," Bochy said. "He's built relationships with many of the guys. Our hope is he does come by, keeps in touch with them and with Meulens, our hitting coach."
Pagan gets back to work against Indians
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- After missing four games with back stiffness, Giants center fielder Angel Pagan returned to the lineup Sunday against the Indians, going hitless in three at-bats and playing five innings in the field.
"I thought he looked great," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "He hit the ball well. I thought he looked fine."
Pagan's first two place appearances could've very well ended in hits, but Indians center fielder Michael Bourn caught a sinking liner to rob him in the first and first baseman Bryan LaHair snagged a sharp grounder in the second to steal another knock.
The Giants are hopeful they won't need to ease Pagan back into the mix as Bochy said the outfielder would play again Monday in Tempe vs. the Angels if team athletic trainers give him the green light.
"If he can go, he'll go," Bochy said. "I just have to get the OK."
• The Giants held their annual Hall of Fame day in Scottsdale on Sunday morning as Willie Mays, Willie McCovey, Orlando Cepeda and Gaylord Perry all were in attendance to address the club.
"It was entertaining; they tell some good stories," Bochy said. "It's a tradition here. Our guys are pretty fortunate that these guys make themselves available to them."
• After being held to one run Sunday afternoon in a 5-1 loss to the Indians, Bochy expressed some frustration with his team's production.
"Our bats are quiet," Bochy said. "I don't know if we're going through that Spring Training lull or if we may have to back off our workload a little bit."
Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter. Tyler Emerick is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.