PITTSBURGH -- Striving to overcome an injured left hamstring, reliever Jeremy Affeldt felt fine after pitching from a bullpen mound Friday afternoon, according to Giants manager Bruce Bochy."He threw well," Bochy said, noting that Affeldt, a left-hander, felt no discomfort as he pushed off his afflicted foot to hurl each pitch.
Affeldt has not gone on the 15-day disabled list, though he has pitched only once since being injured on May 23 at Oakland.Shortstop Edgar Renteria, who's sidelined by a strained right hamstring, jogged for the first time since he went on the DL on May 26, and reported feeling no pain.
"I'm tired of doing nothing," said Renteria, who has been on the DL twice already this season and hit .326 in 23 games when healthy.Though Renteria expressed hopes of being activated on Thursday, the first day he's eligible to return, Bochy indicated that the 15-year veteran might need a few additional days to recover and could go on a Minor League injury rehabilitation assignment to play himself into shape.
Burrell lends hand to new teammate DeRosa
PITTSBURGH -- Maybe Pat Burrell brought more than his dangerous bat to the Giants. Maybe he also brought Mark DeRosa some good luck.During his final day with Triple-A Fresno on Thursday, Burrell and DeRosa chatted about their respective wrist injuries, which happen to be similar. Burrell hurt his wrist in 2004; DeRosa's currently on an injury rehabilitation assignment as he tries to determine whether he's fit to play. Burrell and DeRosa even consulted the same physician, Dr. Thomas Graham, for second opinions. Graham recently told DeRosa that he'll need a second operation sooner or later, but he advised Burrell, who was told by a Phillies doctor that he should have surgery, to avoid the procedure. Shortly after going on the disabled list in August, Burrell ceased feeling discomfort. He returned in September to hit six home runs. It may have been coincidence that DeRosa proceeded to go 3-for-4 with an RBI in Fresno's 8-4 loss at Las Vegas. Burrell said that DeRosa twice made authoritative contact, grounding a single up the middle and lining another hit over third base. "I think sometimes the body has a way of adapting," Burrell said.
That's what DeRosa is hoping.
Opening Day right fielder sent to Fresno
PITTSBURGH -- Winning the job as the Giants' Opening Day right fielder came with no guarantees for John Bowker.The Giants optioned Bowker to Triple-A Fresno to clear roster room for outfielder Pat Burrell, whose contract was purchased Friday from Fresno. Bowker, who hit .312 with a team-leading six home runs and 23 RBIs in Spring Training, couldn't approach that pace in the regular season, much less maintain it. He was soon eclipsed in performance by Nate Schierholtz and Andres Torres. Moreover, Buster Posey's promotion from Fresno prompted Aubrey Huff's shift to left field and promised to deny Bowker even more activity. "His at-bats were going to be very limited," manager Bruce Bochy said of Bowker, 26. "We're not changing anything with him. Right now, he just needs to play." In 41 games with the Giants this year, Bowker hit .207 with three home runs and eight RBIs.
He started 11 games in left field and seven in right.
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.