SAN FRANCISCO -- Santiago Casilla, who writhed in pain when he suffered a grade two hamstring strain on May 21 in Colorado, is recovering faster than anticipated.
"He's close," Bochy said before Friday's game. "In fact, we're having to back him off. He's up there (in the clubhouse) dancing around."
The 33-year-old righty ran on a treadmill Friday and will throw a light bullpen session on Saturday, his first since the injury. After two days off, he'll throw another bullpen -- a "good one" with 40 or so pitches, according to the manager.
At that point, the team will evaluate whether or not he'll need a Triple-A rehab stint or if throwing to live hitters in batting practice will suffice.
Bochy, who underscored that Casilla is in excellent shape, estimated his reliever is 10 days to two weeks away from facing hitters. Barring any setbacks, he's is in line to rejoin the roster during the Giants' 10-game homestand against the Padres, Reds and Cardinals starting on June 23.
Such a return would be on the early end of the initial four-to-six week prognosis.
See you later, Huff?
David Huff was surprised to learn he had been designated for assignment on Friday, but his tenure with the Giants might not be over.
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Bochy spoke with Huff about heading to Triple-A Fresno if he clears waivers, and both parties are on the same page.
Huff would likely join the Grizzlies starting rotation to keep him stretched out and ready for a recall.
"David was throwing the ball well," manager Bruce Bochy said, calling Huff's back-to-back four-run outings to close May a "couple hiccups."
Yusmeiro Petit re-assumes his long relief role with Huff gone and Cain back in the rotation.
"He's one of our guys, one of our horses, one of the leaders in our rotation," Bochy said of Cain. "It's critical that we have him back and keep him healthy."
The Giants will go with a seven-man bullpen and keep five position players on the bench.
"May the Morse be with you"
Giants players were issued Star Wars-themed shirts that read "May the Morse be with you" on the front and sport a photo of Michael Morse wielding a light saber on the back.
Many donned the shirts under their warm-up jerseys for batting practice, hoping to tap into Morse's power; he leads the team with 13 home runs this year, the only player in double figures.