Non-roster sleepers awaken Giants; injury updates
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Jesus Guzman and Andres Torres almost surely won’t make the Giants’ Opening Day roster. But they’re starting to show that if the Giants ever need them during the season, they’ll be ready when they show up.
Guzman, 24, is the more well-known of the two, although “well-known” isn’t a term commonly associated with non-roster players. Guzman commanded some attention in the offseason by hitting .349 with 13 homers in 61 games and driving in a Venezuelan Winter League-record 67 runs for Caracas. That earned the third baseman league Most Valuable Player honors. The Giants are his third professional organization.
Torres, 31, is a switch-hitting outfielder who has spent 11 years in professional baseball, including fractions of the 2002-05 seasons with Detroit and Texas. That’s the profile of a baseball journeyman.
Except that neither he nor Guzman have looked like journeymen so far in Cactus League games. Guzman ricocheted an eighth-inning RBI triple off the right-field fence Sunday, and Torres has made two excellent plays in center field in recent days. Torres also scored twice in the Giants’ 5-2 victory Sunday over Milwaukee.
Manager Bruce Bochy was especially impressed with Torres: “Those were impressive jumps he gets to the ball, and he has pop from both sides of the plate. He’s interesting.”
“Interesting” can lead to a mid- or late-season callup under many circumstances.
As for the injuries, outfielder Nate Schierholtz is expected to be sidelined for two to three days with back spasms. Those, said Bochy, could be related to Schierholtz’s tight hamstrings.
Left-hander Noah Lowry didn’t throw over the weekend, as expected, but could resume tossing sometime this week.