Tagged: Eugenio Velez

Hey Toronto! Can we have Fred Lewis back?

Wonder if there has ever been a player who was traded for a player to be named later, and then that player to be named later ended up being the player originally traded?

Actually, it happened in 1962, when Harry Chiti was traded to the Mets for a player to be named, and then traded back to the Indians.

But that took two months to complete. The Giants need Fred Lewis back now.

As it happened, the Giants traded Lewis to Toronto on Thursday. On Friday, Aaron Rowand was beaned in the cheek by a pitch from the Dodgers’ Vicente Padilla. On Saturday, Mark DeRosa left the game early with a strained hamstring.

So Lewis was sent off because the Giants were flush with outfielders. Now, they’re short two outfielders.

Rowand was placed on the 15-day disabled list Saturday and he may be out three weeks. The Giants called up infielder Matt Downs from Fresno to take his place on the roster.

I’ve seen some chatter about why the Giants would bring up an infielder when they’ve got two ailing outfielders.

Well, for one, DeRosa’s injury is not thought to be serious. He’s day-to-day and hopes to play Sunday. For another, with Rowand out, Eugenio Velez figures to see more playing time. And Velez, like DeRosa, acted in ways like backup infielders. So bringing up Downs allows Velez to remain strictly an outfielder.

Velez started for Rowand on Saturday, and Velez did something that Rowand has been unable to do this season in the leadoff spot — draw a game-opening walk. Velez is swinging a hot bat, with two home runs and he’s batting .412. If he can keep that going, the Giants will be fine in Rowand’s absence. Also, with a lefty on the mound Sunday, look for Andres Torres to start in center with Velez in left or right, depending on whether DeRosa can go or not.



Giants notes: Velez plays for San Fran…what?

No, that wasn’t a clever marketing ploy by the San Francisco Giants to try to raise awareness about dyslexia in America. It was just a plain old error.

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Giants infielder/outfielder Eugenio Velez wore a uniform Wednesday in Houston that had the C and S in San Francisco transposed on his chest. Velez’s uniform read “San Francicso.”
Apparently, Velez had no idea about the misspelling and only learned of it when reporters asked him about it after the game.
“Increible!” Velez said.
Wow! Even when Velez speaks, he misspells words! No, wait. That was actually Spanish. Our bad.
Apparently, Majestic, the company that makes the big league uniforms, are really wishing that Giants had gone back to their retro road unis, when all it had on it was a big “SF.”
Lewis begins rehab stint
Outfielder Fred Lewis, placed on the disabled list to the start the season with an abdominal strain, began a rehabilitation stint with the Triple-A Fresno Grizzlies on Thursday.
Lewis started in left field against the Reno Aces and went 1 for 3.
No word on how long Lewis will be on the rehab stint, as the Giants’ outfield is still very crowded. 
If, and when, the Giants decide to activate Lewis, the leading candidate to be sent down could be Eugenio Velez. Of the current outfielders on the roster, only Velez and John Bowker have minor-league options remaining. And as Bowker is currently starting in right field, Velez seems the likely candidate to be wearing “Frenso” uniform in the near future.
Whoops, we meant “Fresno.”
Posey watch
Also in Reno on Thursday, Buster Posey started at catcher for the Grizzlies and batted third. he went 3 for 5 with two runs scored.
Trivia answer
I did miss the trivia answer from the Giants’ opening day broadcast.
The question was: Who were the five pitchers to start on opening day for the Giants from 2000-2009?
I got four of five right. But I was thinking about the correct fifth pitcher.
They were: Livan Hernandez (2000-02), Kirk Rueter (2003-04), Jason Schmidt (2005-06), Barry Zito (2007-08), Tim Lincecum (2009).
Dang! I guessed Russ Ortiz, but Rueter was lingering in my head.
Braves come to town
After Thursday’s games, the Giants became the last undefeated team in the majors. One of those teams to suffer their first loss on Thursday was the Atlanta Braves, who lost 2-0 to the Chicago Cubs.
The Braves will come to San Francisco for the Giants’ home opener. Game time is set for 1:35 p.m. Friday at AT&T Park. The game will be carried live by the MLB Network.
The Giants may have caught a break by avoiding the Braves’ talented young pitchers Jair Jurrjens and Tommy Hanson. Here are the pitching matchups for the weekend series.
Jonathan Sanchez (0-0) vs. Tim Hudson (0-0), 1:35 p.m. Friday (MLB network)

Todd Wellemeyer (0-0) vs. Kenshin Kawakami (0-0), 7:05 p.m. Saturday

Tim Lincecum (1-0) vs. Derek Lowe (1-0), 1:05 p.m. Sunday