Odds ‘n ends: Bumgarner improving

It’s looking more and more like Madison Bumgarner will open the season at Triple-A Fresno, the 20-year-old left-hander said he was encouraged by his outing Saturday against the Angels’ Triple-A players.

Bumgarner said he regained some velocity in Saturday’s outing.

“I threw a lot of low strikes and felt like the ball was jumping a lot better,” Bumgarner told the San Jose Mercury News. “It was a big difference.”

Bumgarner had been causing some Giants faithful concern with his pitches clocking in the 88 mph range. Last spring, he had been hitting up around 94 mph. There were no radar gun readings from Saturday’s outing, but catcher Steve Holm claimed Bumgarner’s pitches were clearly in the 90s Saturday.

The results from Saturday’s game were not great. Bumgarner gave up five runs (four earned) on four hits and a walk in four innings. He also notched his first two strikeouts of the spring.

But Holm must of the hits Bumgarner allowed came on his change-up, a pitch the Giants coaches have been pushing Bumgarner to throw more of this spring.

KIM CUT: The Giants granted a release to relief pitcher Byung-Hyun Kim, a long, longshot of making the club.

PANDA CUT … IN A DIFFERENT WAY: Pablo Sandoval left Friday’s game after getting spiked by Indians catcher Lou Marson when Sandoval slid at home.

Sandoval received five stitches to close the cut. He should be back in the lineup Monday or Tuesday.

30 CLUBS IN 30 DAYS: The Giants edition of “30 Clubs in 30 Days” airs at 7 p.m. PDT Sunday on the MLB Network.

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