The Giants picked a right fielder and finalized their 25-man roster for Monday’s opener in Houston.
John Bowker get the start Monday in right field as the Giants face the Astros. Bowker’s hot spring, which included a home run Saturday against Oakland, thrust the left-hander into the starting lineup over Nate Schierholtz.
Two things to note about this move: One, the Giants placed greater importance on Bowker’s bat than Schierholtz’s glove. Two, the season opener is in Minute Maid Park, and not AT&T Park. So Bowker gets three games to solidify his job in right field. If he doesn’t produce early, we wouldn’t be surprised to see Schierholtz in right for Friday’s home opener against the Braves.
We also wouldn’t be surprised to see Andres Torres or Eugenio Velez get starts against left-handed pitchers.
In the other move, the Giants chose Guillermo Mota to fill the final roster spot, sending pitcher Denny Bautista to the minors