PHOENIX -- Part of the reason the Giants kept Angel Pagan for nearly two weeks while he recovered from a hamstring strain was that they didn't really have many options on the 40-man roster. They shuffled Mac Williamson and Jarrett Parker back and forth, but Andrew Susac was dealing with a sore shoulder. Susac is close to returning, though.
Manager Bruce Bochy said Susac had a good day in a camp game over in Scottsdale on Saturday, catching five innings and showing off a strong arm. He'll rejoin Triple-A Sacramento soon, giving the Giants an option if they want to go back to three catchers at any point. They certainly could use some right-handed pop off the bench if Susac finds his swing.
As for infield depth, Ehire Adrianza remains far from returning. The versatile backup had another scan on his fractured foot recently and it showed that the healing process is coming along slowly. He will not return eight weeks after the fracture, as hoped.
Conor Gillaspie remains the second backup infielder, and he'll play third today because Bochy wants to give Matt Duffy a day to heal. Duffy has a tight hamstring that he's been playing through, and Bochy indicated there are some other scrapes and bruises. Plus, this rewards Gillaspie for a couple of good pinch-hit plate appearances recently.
"That was a big at-bat last night off a tough pitcher to get us going," Bochy said.
--- From last night, here's my game story on Peavy, Posey, Pence etc. The game tightened up when Derek Law came in, and the rookie has now allowed three runs and six hits in his last three appearances. Bochy would like to give him today off, noting that Law -- who had Tommy John surgery in 2014 -- is being worked pretty hard.
"Obviously he's up with his pitches," Bochy said. "He has thrown more than he's ever thrown. You're in the major leagues and it's hard to monitor when they're throwing, especially with those extra-inning games. I think he's got to work inside more, but more than anything, he's got to get the ball down. He's living in the nitro zone right now. He's got to make an adjustment there. His fastball and breaking stuff are all in the same area.
--- As I wrote last night, this is a huge opportunity for the Giants to have a big road trip. The Padres are in such a bad place with their pitching that they haven't even named probable starters for the games Tuesday through Thursday. The Diamondbacks have an infielder, Brandon Drury, starting in right field tonight. Last night's catcher, Chris Hermann, is starting in center field. He's the first big leaguer to catch and play center in the same season since Brandon Inge did it for the Tigers in 2008. The A.J. Pollock injury will certainly go down as one of the biggest moments in the NL West this year.
--- A few Twitter followers asked why the first Diamondbacks run last night was earned. The explanation from the official scorer was that he felt that Duffy would have thrown to first instead of second on Drury's grounder. Instead, Duffy bobbled the ball and both runners were safe. The next batter, Chris Owings, hit a double that scored the run, but Peavy got out of the inning.
The logic there is flawed for several reasons. Duffy always makes the shorter throw, and he certainly would have tried to get the lead runner last night. That's Baseball 101. That would have still left Drury on first, and he ultimately didn't score. It should have been an unearned run, and the Giants asked the official scorer to take another look at it. It's a small thing, but it'll make a difference in Peavy's ERA.
This, by the way, is why you should never depend on errors when talking about defense. The scorekeeping around the league is very hit-and-miss.