NEW YORK -- A day after saying a player was headed to New York, the Giants altered course. They'll wait another day before deciding if Hunter Pence will go on the disabled list.
Manager Bruce Bochy said Pence still isn't swinging a bat, although he has done cardio work and made throws while sidelined by left wrist tendinitis. The Giants can backdate Pence's DL trip to June 3, so if they fly home and then opt to make a move, he could be back in the lineup next week.
Bochy said they did have a position player ready to come to New York but the Giants feel they have enough coverage to get through one last game here. Jarrett Parker can play all three outfield spots, and said he has been switching between left and right all season. Parker already has set his own personal record for days in the big leagues; he was in New York for a day last year before being optioned back to the minors. Parker has now spent three days in the big leagues, all at Citi Field.
"It's a strange coincidence, but it doesn't feel weird," he said. "It's a weird coincidence -- that's about it, really."
Parker did get a ring for his one day of action last year, and said he uses it as a reminder of what he's working for.
"I'm just really appreciative," he said. "It's a symbol for me to see how hard these guys work."
--- Madison Bumgarner is on the field right now, which just shows you that Madison Bumgarner -- obviously -- has some pull around here. The Giants planned to send Bumgarner back early because they have a night game in New York followed by a night game in San Francisco, but Bumgarner, Friday's starter, talked his way out of the commercial flight. Players fly first class when they go home alone, but most still prefer to stay with the team and their teammates. Bumgarner said he sleeps well on the new plane the Giants got, so he's not worried about fatigue after a flight that should put the Giants back in San Francisco in the middle of the night.
Bochy took the opportunity to again express his displeasure with MLB on this topic, and he's not alone. A couple other coaches and players were grumbling Thursday about a schedule that kept them from having a day game here on getaway day. The Giants have a tougher turnaround in Washington D.C. next month because ESPN picked up the July 5 game for Sunday Night Baseball, so they'll play at 8 p.m. in Washington on Sunday and then 7:15 in San Francisco on Monday. MLB allows you to do that if you're going to the West Coast but not if you're going the other way.
"They are tough travel days," Bochy said. "I don't understand it, to be honest, why we didn't have a day game (today). I think we're dropping the ball, to be honest."
The players can change this in the next CBA, but it's unlikely to be high on their list of priorities.
--- The Giants traded Triple-A outfielder/first baseman John Bowker to Pittsburgh's Triple-A club. There wasn't room for Bowker in Sacramento because Travis Ishikawa is now the everyday first baseman there.
--- The draft ended yesterday, and here we listed all the Giants picks. Some will bust, some will be the next Joe Panik or Matt Duffy, etc. We'll know in three or four years.