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.

3 Comments

Jesus Guzman is the real deal. You talk about “interesting”…He’s a true hitter who lit up the Venezuelan Winter League with more extra base hits than any other player and with power to all fields. His slugging percentage and on-base % has improved, which the Giants need badly.
This is one talent the Giants should promote without hesitation.

As long as were talking about people making the Opening day Roster, what is the rule on Rule 5 draftees. These guys have to make the team or they are returned to their original team? Do I have that right? and how does Luis look in spring?
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Guzman got another home run today, and Torres scored the only other run for the Giants so far!

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