Mar 17, 2014; Tempe, AZ, USA; San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Jean Machi (63) pitches in the ninth inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Tempe Diablo Stadium. The Angles won 8-7. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

San Francisco Giants Morning Commute: Final Roster Spots, Senor Buster Posey, Aroldis Chapman

The San Francisco Giants are back in action tonight after a day off yesterday. They will be facing the San Diego Padres in the Padres’ Peoria Sports Complex at 7:05 PM tonight. Including tonight’s game, there is exactly one week left, and 7 games, before the Giants head back to the Bay Area and start the pre-season exhibition games with the Oakland Athletics.

From around the Cove this morning:

Henry Schulman – San Francisco Chronicle: Competitions heat up for final Giants roster spots

A fizzling fifth-outfield competition might be heating up, but the infield and bullpen fights have intrigued all spring and the Giants have candidates aplenty.

The bullpen spots are going to be an interesting battle. Personally, I’d just as soon tell Jean Machi and Dan Runzler goodbye and take my shot with George Kontos and Heath Hembree. Either way, I wouldn’t expect a decision until the last possible minute.

As for the infield, it’s a no-brainer for me. I have Joaquin Arias and Ehire Adrianza. I’m not ready to see Brandon Hicks, but, like Schulman, if Marco Scutaro starts the season on the DL, then we may very well see him.

The outfield I don’t see as an issue at all. Juan Perez is your fifth man, no questions asked.

Got plans Friday night? Cancel them. The Giants will be on television tomorrow night. They’ll be playing the A’s, too, so what more could you ask for?

The Giants release their pre-season commercials tomorrow and I have a feeling we’re in for a treat. Here’s a snippet of Sergio Romo and Buster Posey, er, I mean, Señor Romo y Señor Posey.

And WHAT is going on with that soul patch Buster is sporting? No. Just no. Let’s hope it’s just there for the commercial.

Finally, on a serious note, Aroldis Chapman of the Cincinnati Reds got hit by a line drive last night. Looks like he never lost consciousness, but it’s still always scary when it happens.

I would fully expect pitcher safety to come back to the forefront of discussions this season.

Buster Olney of ESPN blogged about it this morning: Pitcher safety back under the microscope

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  • Nolan Lees

    Nice article, but what’s the reasoning for Adrianza over Hicks? Hicks has been raking this spring, I think he’s played well enough to get the first crack at the last infield spot, especially with Abreu and Adrianza both hitting below .200

    • Melissa Felkins

      I agree on the hitting, but Adrianza has looked good to me. Now, with Hick, I only saw a few Spring games in person, but I wasn’t overly impressed with his defense. I like his bat though, and I wouldn’t be the least bit upset if he got the spot. I’d definitely take him over Abreu. I just feel like Adrianza may be a bit more ready at the moment…but just my thoughts.

      • Nolan Lees

        Gotcha, that makes sense. I’m only going off of hitting stats, I haven’t really seen much of either in the field. Probably going to come down to whether Bochy is looking for extra defense or offense.

    • Melissa Felkins

      I should also mention that they have more flexibility with Adrianza. Hicks just has a minor league contract if I’m thinking correctly, and not on the 40-man. Adrianza doesn’t have the same flexibility. If they don’t keep him, they risk losing him.