Anytime someone insists that left-handers are born, not made, invoke the saga of Ty Blach. The Giants’ lefty is a natural righty. He does everything right-handed — eating, playing golf, swinging a bat and throwing a football. Everything, that is, except pitch.
Hector Sanchez said on Thursday that two other teams expressed interest in him as a Minor League free-agent acquisition. Once the Giants contacted him, however, any discussion ended regarding which club he might select.
Dodgers pitchers Alex Wood and Walker Buehler missed Thursday’s workouts with health issues the team believes are minor.
Diamondbacks right-hander Zack Greinke has been told by the team that he’s allowed to set his own pace in Spring Training.
Padres reliever Kazuhisa Makita was a freshman at Seisei Kogyo High School in Japan when one of his coaches hatched an audacious idea. At the time, Makita’s windup was relatively innocuous. But the torque in his body led that coach to believe he might succeed if he lowered his arm angle.
Don’t blame the ground-ball-happy Padres pitchers if they rejoiced a bit on Thursday morning when Freddy Galvis strode into camp.
The Padres added a veteran backstop to their backup catcher battle Wednesday evening, agreeing to a non-roster deal with free agent A.J. Ellis, according to team sources.
With Evan Longoria acquired to play third base, Pablo Sandoval is likely relegated to the Giants’ bench — but Panda doesn’t mind at all.
Rockies manager Bud Black will experiment with dropping standout leadoff man Charlie Blackmon in the order, most likely to third, during Cactus League games.
Right-handed pitcher Johnny Cueto began a five-day stretch of diminished activity Wednesday, which prevented him from participating in the Giants’ initial workout for pitchers and catchers.
The Dodgers’ reliever is glad to have his former teammate back, and says it’s a completely different clubhouse this time around.