The reinforcements are on their way — with an asterisk.
Bruce Bochy had positive injury updates for a score of Giants on Tuesday, as well as announcing a bit of a concerning move that shows the team’s concern level with Alex Dickerson.
First the good: Johnny Cueto will throw to hitters for the first time in his rehab Wednesday, Bochy said. Reliever Nick Vincent was set to pitch with Triple-A Sacramento on Tuesday — he had begun his rehab with High-A San Jose — and Travis Bergen was scheduled to pitch with the River Cats on Wednesday. Evan Longoria took swings off a tee Tuesday a day after fielding ground balls as he recovers from plantar fasciitis. Bochy still did not have a timetable for when the third baseman would return.
The bad: Steven Duggar was in the clubhouse on the taxi squad in case Alex Dickerson, who was penciled into the starting lineup, had a setback.
Bochy said before Monday’s game against the Cubs that Dickerson, dealing with an oblique issue, was available off the bench. That seemed to change, as Dickerson was never inserted, and “I was not going to use him” unless the Giants ran out of players, Bochy said.
“He’s doing well today,” Bochy said.
Bochy on the possibility Tuesday could be Madison Bumgarner’s final start at Oracle Park as a Giant: “I haven’t even thought about it.”