SAN FRANCISCO -- George Kontos played catch for the second straight day, extending out to 75 feet, but the Giants won't get him back when he's eligible. Manager Bruce Bochy said Kontos is at least two weeks away but he's making progress. Sergio Romo is also on the comeback trail, scheduled to throw Friday.
"To get these two guys back, they're big parts of our 'pen," Bochy said. "But until they are back I think our guys have been doing a pretty good job."
Both Romo and Kontos are dealing with flexor strains. Kontos has made 25 throws each of the past two days and is encouraged with how he feels.
"It's going to take a little while still," Bochy said.
Romo has been working out with the team and will test his elbow in New York. The Giants have anticipated all along that his rehab process will be a somewhat lengthy one.
--- The Padres are back in town, which is good news for Giants pitchers. Madison Bumgarner has three straight starts against them with at least nine strikeouts.
Bochy was asked about the nostalgia, and pointed out that he's been here for 10 years.
"I don't even think about it, to be honest," the former Padres manager said. "I don't. I'm a Giant."
--- It was a slow day, but we got some answers to some key questions on the heels of a day when several pitchers pinch-hit and Shelby Miller played left field for the Diamondbacks. Bochy said Javier Lopez is his go-to outfielder, but if Lopez isn't available because he has already pitched, Jeff Samardzija is the choice. Samardzija is also his go-to pinch-runner in an emergency. Bumgarner, obviously, is the hitter.
Kelby Tomlinson is the new emergency catcher since Ehire Adrianza is on the DL. Conor Gillaspie is the first position player on the mound, again replacing Adrianza. I fear the "Relief Pitcher Brandon Belt" dream died when he signed a long-term deal.