Editor's Note: The above video is from an episode of "G-Mag" that aired on CSNBayArea.com on July 28.
SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants are inching closer to being whole.
Brandon Crawford is set to try and take BP on the field today and he could be ready to go Wednesday. The more likely scenario, given Thursday's off-day, is that Crawford waits two more days and returns to the lineup on Friday. Hunter Pence is taking dry swings in the cage and Bochy said there is now at least some hope that Pence could be ready to play in the final homestand of the season.
"Hopefully that's an important homestand for us," Bochy said. "It'd be nice to have his energy."
The Giants haven't made up much ground against the Dodgers, but all of a sudden they're sneaking up on the Cubs. Don't give up on that Wild Card Game just yet.
As for the other hurt All-Star, Joe Panik is going for additional tests today. The staff is trying to find the best way to rehab this injury so it doesn't bother Panik in the offseason.
--- Tim Hudson (hip discomfort) should be ready to go Sunday.
"We think he'll be fine," Bochy said. "I can answer that question when he takes his bullpen and we see how the hip is doing. I talked to Dave Groeschner about him and he thinks he's going to be good to go."
--- Andres Torres is here for a second straight day, and he still looks like he can play. And by play, I mean middle linebacker. Torres is jacked, and it's noticeable because he's still wearing super-tight shirts, to the delight of former teammates (Madison Bumgarner lined up for a picture with Torres on Monday night). Torres said he moved back to the Bay Area to do some business here.
"I tried to get him to take some BP," Bochy aid. "I just want to see if he can still swing a bat with those guns. He's such a fun guy to be around. He's going to be around more."
Bochy doesn't know if Torres will have any official role with the team, but he's always welcome in the clubhouse. After meeting Torres on Monday, Jake Peavy went and told Bochy how much he liked him.
"He's such a positive guy. He's one of those guys that's never had a bad day," Bochy said. "I think he likes hanging around the guys and being around the ballpark and showing off his small shirts."
--- If you missed it yesterday, here's my story on there now being two Matt Duffys in the big leagues. And here's Duffy himself, with an excellent first-person piece on Derek Jeter's website. (It doesn't seem fair that Matt Harvey gets to be a New York Bureau Chief while Duffy is just a 'Contributor' ... East Coast Bias!). Duffy is playing his 100th straight game today, the longest streak in the NL.
By the way, both of those were posted this morning on my Facebook page. Yes, I have a Facebook page, and it's an easy way to get your Giants news if you use Facebook. You probably use Facebook.