Giants' Brett Pill will require knee surgery
Published: Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 8:42 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 8:42 p.m.
GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Brett Pill's chances of making the Giants' opening day roster took a hit Wednesday when it was determined he'll require surgery on his right knee to repair a meniscus tear.
The 28-year-old infielder, who was hitting .259 this spring with a pair of homers and seven RBIs, will undergo the arthroscopic procedure today in San Francisco and be out of action for at least three weeks.
Pill, who has been experiencing knee pain for the past few weeks, was a contender for a possible utility role with the Giants as a first baseman, left fielder and pinch-hitter.
“He did it earlier in the spring,” said manager Bruce Bochy of the injury. “He had a little tear and he was going to try to play through it. (Tuesday) night I talked to him because I wanted to put him in left field and he said he wanted to go. But it swelled up during the night, so we made the decision to get this done and clean it out.”
Pill, who split time between Triple-A Fresno and the majors last year, hit .210 in 48 games with the Giants including four home runs and 11 RBIs. His biggest hit was a two-run homer off the Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw on May 8 that accounted for the only runs in a 2-1 Giants win.
Pill was not on the postseason roster.
GIANTS 9, REDS 5
Barry Zito left his start thinking he has more work to do before the start of the season.
Some Giants youngsters had a good time all around.
Zito allowed a run while pitching 3 1/3 innings, and the Giants beat the Cincinnati Reds 9-5 Wednesday.
Zito gave up five hits and struck out three for the Giants in an outing against the team the World Series champions rallied from a 2-0 deficit to beat in a best-of-five NL playoff series.
“My first and last inning my timing felt pretty good but the middle innings it was hit and miss. I've got work to do,” Zito said. “The extra week is good. It is better to get the fatigue up.”
Bochy would like Zito to be a little more consistent.
“Zito was not quite as consistent with his command,” Bochy said. “He threw some great pitches but he missed pretty good on some pitches, too, but overall it was a pretty good outing for him.”
The young Giants hitters broke the game open with six runs in the top of the eighth against Reds prospect Pedro Villarreal.
Ricky Oropesa, the Giants' third pick in the 2011 draft, homered off Villarreal. Juan Perez followed with his first home run of the spring. Johnny Monnel, a left-handed hitting catcher, hit two doubles.
“Overall our kids swung the bats good,” Bochy said. “Johnny has been hitting the ball since he got here. You want these guys to draw some attention to themselves.”
Andres Torres left in the top of the third after being thrown out trying to stretch a double into a triple. Torres had flulike symptoms.
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