PHOENIX -- Continuing what he and the Giants hope is a smooth recovery from inflammation in his throwing elbow, right-hander Matt Cain reported no discomfort Saturday after playing catch for about eight minutes."It definitely feels better," Cain said.
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Cain was scratched from his last scheduled start and will miss another Tuesday. But when asked whether he'll be able to amass enough Cactus League innings to be ready on time for the regular season, San Francisco's No. 3 starter replied, "We're not worried about that."Cain said that he threw at a distance of approximately 60 feet on flat ground to Taira Uematsu, a member of the Giants' support staff. Asked how freely he threw, Cain said, "I was letting it go." Should Cain feel fine Sunday, he said he'll likely try throwing at 90 feet and, to simulate throwing off a mound ever so slightly, might ask Uematsu to squat into a catcher's crouch. In another injury-related development, center fielder Andres Torres (left side) reported no ill effects after ending his inactivity with a 4 1/2-inning stint Friday night against the Dodgers. The switch-hitting Torres is remaining cautious, however, by refraining from batting right-handed. In that instance, his left side would be his front side and thus subject to more physical stress. "I don't want to do anything crazy," Torres said.
Bumgarner shows pitching maturity
PHOENIX -- Madison Bumgarner demonstrated his improved self-maintenance during his three-inning stint Saturday against the Oakland A's.The Giants' No. 5 starter was expected to win a spot in last year's rotation out of Spring Training but struggled and opened the season with Triple-A Fresno. Part of Bumgarner's problem, he admitted, was poor comprehension of his own pitching traits. "I never knew anything about my mechanics until last year, when I had to start figuring it out," said Bumgarner, who yielded an unearned run and two hits to the A's in their 6-0 Cactus League triumph. Bumgarner's education began with Triple-A pitching coach Pat Rice and continued after his late-June recall to the Giants. Pitching coach Dave Righetti and bullpen coach Mark Gardner helped Bumgarner learn to keep his body aligned toward home plate throughout his motion. As an example, Bumgarner cited a fleeting moment in Saturday's first inning.
"As I was getting ready to deliver the ball, I felt kind of out of whack, recognized it and got back to where I needed to be on the next pitch," he said.
Stewart taking advantage of opportunity
PHOENIX -- Chris Stewart has done all he can to help the Giants thrive this spring, despite feeling a lot differently about them a few short months ago.Stewart, a non-roster catcher who has played frequently during Eli Whiteside's recovery from a sore right elbow, spent last season with the San Diego Padres organization and finished the year in the Majors. So he experienced the dramatic final regular-season weekend at AT&T Park, where the Padres won twice before the Giants finally clinched the National League West with a victory in Game 162. "Obviously there were a lot of highs and lows going on that last series," Stewart said Saturday before the Giants' 6-0 exhibition loss to Oakland. "It's almost heartbreaking, but at the same time, you watch what these guys did and how they did it and the joy that came from it. It's nice to be over here and hopefully I can be a part of the other side of it this year." Stewart recalled how the Padres' confidence soared as they trimmed San Francisco's division lead from three games to one. But the Giants' 3-0 victory dashed San Diego's hopes. "We went into that series knowing that we had to win all three," Stewart said. "We took care of the first two games and we came into the last day feeling confident with [Mat] Latos out there. We had ridden him the entire year and felt that if there was going to be a guy for us we wanted on that last day, it was going to be him. We felt good going into the game and obviously it didn't work in our favor." Stewart, who's entering his 10th professional season, could find himself with San Francisco if Whiteside's injury problems linger. The 29-year-old has divided four of the previous five years between Triple-A and the Majors with four different organizations. He's batting .333 (4-for-12) while playing 33 innings this spring, more than any Giants catcher. "I'm not going to put up ridiculous offensive numbers like another catcher around here," Stewart said, referring to Buster Posey. "I just try to take care of my defense first and take care of the pitcher and get him through games. I believe that's a reason I've been around so long." Stewart flashed his defensive form by throwing out Oakland's Andy LaRoche on an attempted steal in the fourth inning. "He's getting some playing time with Eli out and he has taken advantage of it," manager Bruce Bochy said. "He's made some nice throws."
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.