SAN FRANCISCO -- Jake Peavy smiled, looked around the clubhouse and joked that he's going to have the best tan on the team in a week. That's because while the Giants travel to Houston and Cincinnati, Peavy will head to the facility in Scottsdale, Ariz., where he will go through a week of heavy rehab.
Peavy felt good after throwing a bullpen session on Friday and said he'll throw another one on Saturday. The benefit of being in Scottsdale is he can work with the trainers there instead of taking training room time from big leaguers, and if he makes quick progress, he can face minor league hitters or pitch in an extended spring game.
"It's getting closer to hopefully being able to progress to where I can simulate getting up and down and throwing some innings," Peavy said. "We're hoping while the team is on the road that I can take a big step forward. This is like a spring training."
Peavy said he threw 40 pitches off a mound yesterday, and he tested his sore back/hip area by throwing from the stretch and throwing all his pitches. The key, he said, is getting full extension with his arm, and he's getting closer.
"We had better results as far as the way the body responded," he said. "My biggest thing is extension. That was a problem, and it's becoming less of a problem."
--- Manager Bruce Bochy said "all went well" with Hunter Pence during his first rehab game. Pence didn't have a hit in three at-bats, but he reported no physical issues.
"He said he felt great," Bochy said. "It's a good start for him. We're not so concerned about results, although the at-bats looked good. It's just how he felt. He said he didn't feel anything (in the forearm) so that's good news."
Pence is currently scheduled to play tonight, take tomorrow off, and then play Monday.
"He could try to talk his way into the lineup on Sunday," Bochy said, smiling. "So we're going to have to keep an eye on him."
--- Matt Cain continues to play catch, and from what I saw today, he's really starting to let it rip a little. Bochy said Cain will travel with the team on the coming road trip. Barring a setback, he shouldn't be too far from a bullpen session.
--- How far are opposing managers going to keep lefties from facing Madison Bumgarner? The Dodgers benched Adrian Gonzalez and Joc Pederson two starts ago and the Marlins are sitting Dee Gordon, who is hitting .437. Seriously: .437. Christian Yelich is in the lineup, and he'll become just the second left-handed-hitting position player to face Bumgarner in seven games this season. Ender Inciarte is the other.