SAN FRANCISCO -- Eugenio Velez made a couple of brief appearances at AT&T Park on Monday, but left more than an hour prior to the Giants' series opener against the Marlins to go home and rest.Velez, 28, sustained a concussion and a contusion Saturday when he was hit on the left side of his head by Pat Burrell's fourth-inning line drive into the dugout. Velez was sitting at the rear of the dugout and had his view of the incoming ball blocked by teammates who were leaning on the dugout railing. In his daily pregame chat, Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Velez was well with no headache, although will go a week before resuming any baseball activities. Velez had visited AT&T Park earlier in the day, but Bochy told him to go home and get more rest before getting checked on by team doctors around 5 p.m. PT. Velez left shortly afterward.
Huff quietly leading Giants' offense
SAN FRANCISCO -- Although Buster Posey's 18-game hitting streak has dominated the headlines throughout July, another Giants hitter also has been stringing together hits during the past couple of weeks.Giants outfielder/first baseman Aubrey Huff entered Monday's game with a 12-game hitting streak, in which he's hit .404 (19-for-47) with nine walks, and also stood two hits shy of 1,500 for his career. In midst of all things Posey on Monday, manager Bruce Bochy was asked where the Giants would be without Huff. To be honest, Bochy didn't even want the thought crossing his mind. "I hate to think where we'd be without him," Bochy said. "He's changed our offense, even in the clubhouse, what he does in there, helping the young guys out. He's a loose, free-spirited talent that really has given us a guy that can grind out at-bats, see pitches, get on base, [do] damage with the bat, and he can steal a base if you forget about him." By leading the team in nearly every offensive category -- and sitting in the top 10 in the Majors in on-base percentage, slugging percentage and on-base plus slugging percentage -- Bochy said Huff is "very quietly" putting up MVP-type numbers. "He should've been in the All-Star Game, I felt like that, if you look at the year he's having and what he's done," Bochy said. "He's not just playing one position, he's hitting third in the lineup and he's a guy we feed off of."
Willis progresses by facing hitters
SAN FRANCISCO -- Dontrelle Willis continued to get his arm back in pitching shape by throwing to hitters Monday at the Giants' Minor League complex in Arizona, vice president of baseball operations Bobby Evans said.Evans said reports he's gotten back on Willis are positive, and Willis will pitch in a couple of games at Rookie-level Arizona before going to Triple-A Fresno, although no timetable is set. Giants manager Bruce Bochy said he talked with Willis, whom the Giants signed to a Minor League contract on July 14, at the team's complex while the Giants were in Arizona and said the 28-year-old left-hander is excited to have a chance to potentially help the club. Although the Giants currently are without a left-handed specialist in their bullpen due to injuries to Jeremy Affeldt (left oblique strain) and Dan Runzler (dislocated left patella), Bochy agreed with Evans that there is no strict plan for Willis. "Really, it's a case where you're seeing where he's at, how's he doing, how's he throwing the ball -- I don't want to put a timetable on it," Bochy said. "It could be within a couple weeks, it could be longer; it's hard to answer."
Bochy says trade isn't necessary for Giants
SAN FRANCISCO -- Fresh off perhaps the most challenging 22 days of the season -- and in the midst of a Major League-best July -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Monday he likes the way the Giants are playing and doesn't think any drastic changes need to be made before Saturday's Trade Deadline.That said, if the Giants find a way to improve, Bochy would be all for it. "We have a very talented club that, if we play up to what we're capable of doing, what our potential is, we're going to be fine," Bochy said. "But if anything is going to improve your club, you do it -- if it makes sense. That never changes, but this club has been playing like we think we're capable of playing." Although the Giants have long been connected to an impact bat, at the moment, the most pressing need might be a left-handed specialist out of the bullpen with Jeremy Affeldt (left oblique strain) and Dan Runzler (dislocated left patella) dealing with injuries. Bochy once again said he believes the right-handers in the bullpen can get left-handed batters out, but reiterated he'd welcome pieces that improved his club. "If there's a way you can improve your club and something makes sense, [general manager Brian Sabean] will do it," Bochy said. "But right now my only focus is on these guys. It's not on anything else -- it's not on trades or what we can do. This is our team."
Left-handed reliever Dan Runzler played catch from 90 feet in the outfield prior to batting practice Monday for the first time since undergoing surgery on his dislocated left patella. Runzler, who was placed on the disabled list July 29, said his leg feels good and he's ahead of schedule in his recovery. Runzler also threw during the Arizona series, but still is "two to three weeks away," Bochy said. ... Bochy said Pablo Sandoval, who has missed the past two games due to personal reasons, is expected to arrive at AT&T Park around 5:30 p.m. PT Tuesday. Bochy said he is planning on not starting Sandoval. "I don't think so. He wants to start [Tuesday] but I don't see how he can. Traveling from Venezuela, that's a long day," Bochy said. "Unless we're forced, I don't think I can see that happening."
Cash Kruth is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.