SAN FRANCISCO -- Hunter Pence ran sprints in the outfield at AT&T Park Thursday, going "Full Throttle" as he always does. Pence could soon be running with a bit less weight on his arm.
Pence will see team orthopedist Dr. Ken Akizuki on Friday and if his fractured forearm has sufficiently healed, Pence could have his cast removed. The right fielder already had been switched from a cast that went past his elbow to one that just covered his lower arm. Pence has been doing cardio work since getting hit by a pitch the first week of March, and at times the cast has been taken off so he can do some light muscle workouts. It remains too soon to tell if Pence will be ahead or behind the original six-to-eight week diagnosis.
Other news and notes from the first night back at AT&T Park ...
--- While the Giants went just 11-20-2 down in Arizona, manager Bruce Bochy said he was pleased with the way his team picked it up over the past week. He's hoping his players are able to flip the switch once the lights go on for the Bay Bridge Series. "This is an exciting series with Oakland," Bochy said. "I think you'll see guys revved up a bit more."
--- Travis Ishikawa remains in Scottsdale and his back is still a little sore. While Bochy said Ishikawa is feeling a little better, the odds are good that he starts the season on the disabled list. That won't necessarily mean the Giants keep Joaquin Arias, Ehire Adrianza and Matt Duffy. The staff is leaning heavily toward keeping 13 pitchers, meaning both Jean Machi and George Kontos would make the Opening Day roster. The Giants want coverage because they don't have an off day until April 20, and while they're carrying two long relievers, Ryan Vogelsong is still adjusting to the role.
The Giants still have not informed Duffy of a decision, but it's clear the coaching staff wants him in Phoenix next Monday. "I don't know what else he can do," Bochy said. Duffy said he's at peace with what comes. All he wanted this spring was to make it a hard decision, and he's certainly done that.
--- The new clubhouse is nearly complete and the players section is pretty swanky. The Giants made their clubhouse bigger and more square-shaped so that Bochy can easily address his team. Before, it was more of a long rectangle. It's definitely a huge step up, although it's a bit dark right now because the lighting isn't fully figured out. I thought it felt a bit like the VIP section of a nightclub.
"It's a mood-setter," Bochy joked. "That's going to be fixed. I would hate walking in there and they're all sleeping."
Bochy's office got a new door, but Bullwinkle, his stuffed animal, is still hanging on the wall.
"His fate is really dependent on how we play," Bochy said. "I'll leave it at that."