Sunday, January 16, 2022

SF Giants note: Longoria out of lineup, Posey on track to rejoin DH 2021, Cueto rotation for first time

Oakland – The Giants don’t have many opportunities to get Buster Posey off his feet and still put his bat in the lineup, so manager Gabe Kapler is taking the opportunity on Saturday.

After Posey caught Friday’s game at the Coliseum against the A, he is batting second and will serve as the Giants’ designated hitter on Saturday against left-hander Shaun Manea.

Posey rarely plays day games after night games, but Kapler was able to make an exception as he could send Kurt Casali out to catch starter Kevin Gossman and use Posey in the DH slot. Kapler said the Giants plan to have Posey catch Logan Webb in Sunday’s series finale.

Saturday’s game will mark Posey’s 31st as a designated hitter in his career and his first in 2021.

Seven of the nine hitters in the Giants’ starting lineup batted right-handed on Saturday and the team could have finished eighth if Ivan Longoria was healthy enough to start. Longoria, who took the finger pitch in the Giants’ 6-2 loss to the Mets on Wednesday, is out of the lineup for the second straight day with a minor injury, but Kapler said an MRI confirmed there was no structural damage. .

The Giants expect Longoria to be available off the bench on Saturday, but there may not be a great opportunity for Kapler to use him as the club will likely bring the left-handed bat into play if A’s manager Bob Melvin uses his right-hander. turn to Bullpen arms behind Manea for a matchup advantage.

Johnny Cuto on track to pitch in New York

After returning home to the Dominican Republic following the death of his mother-in-law, Giants starter Johnny Cueto threw a bullpen at his home country and is on his way to rejoin the club in New York next week.

Cueto has been on a 10-day injury list with a mild flexor strain since August 11 and the Giants are optimistic the right-hander will return to rotation when the team travels to play the Mets this week. Fellow right-hander Anthony Descalfani is set to start Tuesday’s game, but Descalafani was ruled out of Wednesday’s game after 1 1/3 innings with a right ankle trouble.

The veteran starter played catch on the field in Oakland on Saturday, and Kapler indicated the Giants thought Descalafny would be able to pitch against the Mets, but the club would take a second or two from Descalafny’s scheduled start to get Cuoto back into the rotation. The day can be pushed back. .

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