PEORIA, Ariz. — For the first time all spring, manager Bruce Bochy had his full outfield in the lineup. It might be a few days before it happens again.
While playing center field for the first time this spring, Denard Span jammed his right shoulder on a diving attempt at a ball hit deep to the gap in left center. Span went back on the ball and got a glove on it, but he couldn’t haul it in. Bochy said Span was sore enough that the Giants decided to end his day a bit early.
“It’s a little sore right now,” Span said. “We’ll see how it feels in the morning. I came down on it pretty good.”
Span had been limited to DH duty up until Wednesday because of a sore left shoulder.
“Can’t catch a break,” he said, smiling.
Span, Angel Pagan and Hunter Pence started together for the first time. Pagan missed the first week of games after having offseason knee surgery and Pence has missed time with a sore Achilles. There were no plays that tested communication skills.
“It felt good to be out there,” Span said. “I’ve got to catch up on game speed, but it felt good to be out there finally, and have all three of us out there.”
Bochy has been coy when asked if Pagan — his center fielder the past three seasons — will slide back over on days when Span sits, but he may have given a hint during Wednesday’s game. Pagan stayed in left when Span was pulled, with Mac Williamson going to center. Williamson has been a corner outfielder throughout his time in the minors, but he didn’t look out of place and made a nice running catch on a ball hit to the center.
Gregor Blanco, the usual fourth outfielder, is sidelined by back tightness.