9/1/2014 11:32 P.M. ET
Comeback from surgery motivates Strickland
By Chris Haft / MLB.com
DENVER -- Hunter Strickland's gaze falls each day upon a vivid reminder of the adversity he has experienced.
Strickland, one of five players joining the Giants on Monday in their first round of Minor League callups, adorned his Coors Field dressing stall with a meaningful and graphic sheet of paper. It bore printouts of color photographs of his right elbow as he was undergoing Tommy John surgery in May 2013. Below the photos, Strickland printed, "Pain is weakness leaving the body."
Strickland posts the photos wherever he goes.
"It keeps me humble, to remember where you were at," said Strickland, 25. "I kind of feed off that stuff."
Strickland immediately demonstrated that his arm was worth the wait. He made his big league debut in the eighth inning of the regularly scheduled game Monday, blanking the Rockies despite allowing two hits and reaching 100 mph with a fastball to the first hitter he faced, Drew Stubbs.
Hunter Pence watched Strickland from his perch in right field and was duly impressed.
"He made a pretty big impression on everyone in Spring Training," Pence said. "He wasn't even that long out of Tommy John and he was throwing the ball really well. He's an absolute animal of a workout guy. We aren't too surprised to see him up here and I think there was a lot of excitement to see him on the mound."
Noting that he resumed pitching 10 1/2 months following surgery and was assigned to Double-A Richmond a year after the procedure, Strickland called himself "blessed" to receive this opportunity to make his Major League debut.
Strickland excelled with Richmond, recording a 2.02 ERA and 11 saves in 38 relief appearances. He struck out 48 and walked just four in 35 2/3 innings.
Giants manager Bruce Bochy indicated that Strickland could pitch meaningful innings down the stretch as part of the sixth- and seventh-inning contingent.
Brown, Bochy's son among Giants' new callups
DENVER -- Outfielder Gary Brown and right-hander Brett Bochy likely will receive the most attention among the second round of Minor Leaguers who will join the Giants on Tuesday.
Brown was the Giants' first-round selection in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft. This year he finished with a .271 batting average, 10 home runs and 53 RBIs for the Giants' Triple-A Fresno affiliate.
Bochy is the son of Giants manager Bruce Bochy. He finished 4-4 with a 3.83 in 35 appearances this year for Fresno, all but two in relief. He accumulated 47 strikeouts in 54 innings.
Brown will be recalled from Fresno along with right-hander Erik Cordier and first baseman Adam Duvall. Bochy's contract will be purchased along with that of right-hander Chris Heston's.
Right-hander Matt Cain and second baseman Marco Scutaro were transferred from the 15- to the 60-day disabled list to clear 40-man roster room.
Morse not concerned about ailing left hip
DENVER -- Michael Morse's sore left hip forced Giants manager Bruce Bochy to scratch the slugger from his start at first base in Monday's regularly scheduled game against the Colorado Rockies.
Morse will undergo an MRI on Tuesday to determine the extent of the injury. Morse, who felt discomfort during pregame batting practice, did not express concern.
"It feels pretty good, actually," he said.
Morse, 32, has appeared in 130 games, 16 shy of the career high he reached with Washington in 2011. He has started 125 games, including 82 in left field, 39 at first base and four as a designated hitter.
The right-handed hitter is batting .280 with 16 home runs, 61 RBIs and a .477 slugging percentage.
Giants won't shuffle rotation for Dodgers
DENVER -- For more reasons than one, Giants manager Bruce Bochy won't counter the Los Angeles Dodgers by shuffling his starting rotation, as San Francisco's archrivals have done to improve their mound matchups.
By using rookie Carlos Frias as a sixth starter Wednesday against Washington, the Dodgers will be able to send their top three starters -- Zack Greinke, Hyun-Jin Ryu and Clayton Kershaw -- against the Giants in their Sept. 12-14 series at AT&T Park.
Bochy doesn't feel compelled to do this. Barring changes, staff ace Madison Bumgarner already is scheduled to pitch the opener of that series. Besides, Bochy doesn't believe in juggling his rotation, since it essentially tells the starters who are pushed back that they're not trusted enough to appear in big games.
"I say this all the time: All five of our starters are throwing the ball well," Bochy said Monday.
Late in the 2010 regular season, Bochy switched Tim Lincecum and then-rookie Bumgarner. That would have enabled Lincecum to pitch a 163rd game if necessary, start the regular-season finale on short rest or pitch the Division Series opener, which is what happened. Bochy also moved up Matt Cain following a scheduled off-day so the right-hander could receive his normal four days' rest. But both moves were strategical rarities for Bochy.
• Bumgarner soon will find out whether he'll be named the National League's Pitcher of the Month for August. He finished the month 4-1 in six starts with league bests in strikeouts (56) and ERA (1.57). Bumgarner also won the award in May.
• As part of the first influx of Minor League callups, outfielder Juan Perez was recalled for the sixth time this season.