SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Madison Bumgarner slowly walked out of the bullpen behind the right field wall, made his way to the mound, fired one of his signature snotrockets, and calmly dug his toes into the dirt. He then proceeded to dominate. Basically, nothing has changed around here.
The last time we saw Bumgarner face hitters, he was coming out of that Kauffman Stadium bullpen to quiet the Royals and end the 2014 season. He looked to be in similar form Thursday, barely giving up contact during a live BP session. Hector Sanchez was the first since Salvador Perez to step in against Bumgarner. Sanchez's eyes got wide when he was asked how Bumgarner looked.
“Unbelievable,” he said. “I got lucky that we’re on the same team.”
Bumgarner faced Hunter Pence, too, which was fun to watch but even more interesting to listen to. There were quite a few grunts as two of baseball’s best went at it, and Bumgarner got a couple of swing-and-misses and allowed just a few harmless foul tips. That was the highlight of the day at Scottsdale Stadium. Some other notes from today's workout …
HEALTH WATCH: Santiago Casilla went for an X-ray after taking a liner off the leg, and manager Bruce Bochy revealed that Sergio Romo had a test this week, too. Romo was hit by a ball as he did conditioning work but the X-ray didn’t find any damage. His shoulder is said to be feeling better and he could be off a bullpen mound in the next few days.
Andrew Susac missed a second straight workout because of a root canal. Matt Cain threw a bullpen session and Bochy said Cain is on track to start one of the first three or four games when the Cactus League season begins.
FAMILIAR FACES: We’re always looking for things that break up the monotony of camp, so I lit up a bit when I came back to the press box and found that a Spring Training Media Guide had been placed by my laptop. It’s time, once again, for one of my favorite spring activities: Looking through the non-roster-invitee lists to find former Giants. As always, there are a ton of them, and this year I also discovered that there’s a minor leaguer out there named Mark Hamburger and that the Astros have an infielder named Matt Duffy.
Here are the former Giants major leaguers or minor leaguers still living the dream elsewhere. Yes, all of these guys are really still on rosters.
Diamondbacks: Dan Runzler, Jeremy Accardo, Cody Ransom
White Sox: Brad Penny
Reds: Jose Mijares, Chris Dominguez
Indians: Ryan Rohlinger
Angels: Jackson Williams, Roger Kieschnick
Dodgers: David Huff, Chad Gaudin
Brewers: Dontrelle Willis (really!)
A’s: Ryan Verdugo
Rangers: Nate Schierholtz
Marlins: Tyler Colvin, Cole Gillespie
Mets: Johnny Monell
Yankees: Nick Noonan
Phillies: Jeff Francoeur
Rays: Eugenio Velez
Nationals: Mitch Lively, Emmanuel Burriss, Dan Uggla
QUOTABLE: “Any time you’re voted anything by the fans, it’s special. Being here a while, I understand how passionate Giants fans are. I appreciate their support.” — Buster Posey on winning the #FaceOfMLB competition that clogged all your Twitter timelines this week.