SAN FRANCISCO -- After just two games, Hunter Pence has shown Bruce Bochy enough that the manager is ready to return Pence to "Full Throttle" play-every-inning status. Bochy will even move Pence up in the lineup for Wednesday's game.
"He came out of the barn with his heels clicking," Bochy said.
The Giants are hopeful they will soon get a pair of other horses back. Matt Cain (flexor strain) and Jake Peavy (back/hip tightness) both threw bullpen sessions Tuesday and both are making progress. Cain's next test is to throw breaking balls off flat ground. Peavy, after a week getting treatment in Arizona, could begin a rehab assignment in the coming days.
As Peavy prepares to return to game action, another Giant is hoping to return to the Majors. Travis Ishikawa has five days remaining on his rehab assignment and said he has had no issues with a previously sore back while playing just about every day for the Sacramento River Cats. Ishikawa has been given no indication of what the Giants will do Saturday to open a roster spot, but he said he's hopeful that he'll return to the pinch-hitting role he thrived in last season.
"My swing is finally getting where I like it," he said. "I'm anxiously waiting for Saturday to get here. It's a role I've kind of adopted since 2010. If I'm not going to be an everyday guy, I want to be the best pinch-hitter in the league. That's always my goal, always my mindset."
Ishikawa is hitting .296 with four doubles in 15 rehab games this season.
"I haven't quite hit a homer, but I've never been a big home run guy," he said, smiling.
On that note, the Giants on Tuesday were set to give away custom bobbleheads commemorating Ishikawa's walk-off homer in the NLCS.
--- Bochy and several of his players spent the off day at a U2 concert, and Bochy met the band. How'd he pull that off? Well, it's pretty easy when your clubhouse manager and travel director -- Bret Alexander -- used to handle travel for U2. If he ever wanted to, Bret could write one hell of a memoir.