Going for the Downs, but maybe not for long
SAN FRANCISCO — It’s easy to envision another change in the Giants’ second-base picture within a few days.
By next Monday, Kevin Frandsen will have spent his requisite 10 days in the Minor Leagues. As much as Frandsen impressed as the Giants in his two stints with them, they’ll likely summon him yet again — unless Matt Downs, the second baseman of the moment, plays so well that San Francisco has to keep him in the Majors.
Or the Giants could hand the job to utiltyman Juan Uribe once his hamstring heals. .
Something else to ponder: How much time will elapse before Burriss forces the Giants to recall him? I imagine they’ll give him about 100 at-bats, possibly more, to try to develop the offensive skills that manager Bruce Bochy recommended — bunting, slapping the ball on the ground, basically acting more like a true leadoff hitter.
With all due respect to Downs, he’s unlikely to become the Giants’ full-time second baseman.
– Chris Haft