The good, good and not so good
Buster Posey is raking, Brian Wilson is dealing, and Matt Cain is chilling.
Those were the headlines out of Giants camp on Thursday as the Giants beat the Colorado Rockies 7-5.
Posey went 2 for 2 with 2 runs and 2 RBI, including a monster home run of the Rockies’ Jorge De La Rosa. The blast to center was said to have traveled at least 450 feet.
“That’s the longest home run I’ve ever given up,” De La Rosa said.
Added Rockies manager Jim Tracy: “It’s safe to say Buster Posey is a pretty good player.”
Thanks for the expert analysis, Jim.
Meanwhile, back at Giants camp, Wilson threw batting practice to Aubrey Huff, Freddy Sanchez, Mark DeRosa and Andres Torres, and handled them with ease.
Said Huff: “I’m starting to question whether he was really hurt.”
Wilson has been slowed by a sore back. Pitching coach Dave Righetti said that if Wilson’s body responds well, the Giants closer will make his spring debut on Sunday against the Mariners.
The next time we’ll see Cain on the mound in unclear. Cain skipped his scheduled start Thursday with elbow inflammation, and now his status for his next start Tuesday is in doubt as he hasn’t picked up a ball since Sunday.
“We’ll have to adjust when he throws next,” manager Bruce Bochy said.
Cain seemed less concerned about the whole thing.
“It definitely feels better,” Cain said. “It just happens sometimes. You get a little irritation. I don’t think it has anything to do with last year or anything I changed this year.”
Here are some other highlights from Thursday.
DARREN FORD: Ford is an outfielder who the Giants hope can provide them with some needed speed in the future if he can show he can get on base. He went 2 for 4 with a solo home run in the leadoff spot Thursday.
EMMANUEL BURRISS: Starting at 2B, Burriss went 2 for 3 with a triple, run scored and two RBI. He left with a sore foot after fouling a ball of it. Luckily, it wasn’t the same foot he has twice suffered a fracture in.
RYAN VOGELSONG: Starting in place of Cain, Vogelsong threw three hitless innings with two strikeouts. Bochy sees Vogelsong as a candidate to be a long man in the Giants’ pen.