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SF Giants’ Alex Cobb throws bullpen; Matt Chapman returns to lineup


SAN FRANCISCO — Alex Cobb attracted a bit of a crowd as he walked to the Giants’ bullpen on Tuesday afternoon at Oracle Park. Indeed, there was no shortage of players and personnel who wanted to see Cobb, once again, throw off a mound.

“I had to find the bullpen first,” Giants manager Bob Melvin joked. “I point out there from time to time, but I actually had to find it this time.”

Cobb took an important step towards returning to game action, throwing a 20-to-25 pitch bullpen prior to Tuesday’s game against the Astros. The 36-year-old felt great, according to Melvin, mixing in breaking balls and exhibiting good velocity. Cobb, an All-Star in 2023, is scheduled to throw another bullpen on Friday.

The 36-year-old initially made great progress in his recovery from hip surgery, but has been slowed by a flexor strain in his elbow followed by tightness in his shoulder.

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“I think we’re past the hurdle of, ‘Is the shoulder going to feel good when he lets it go?’ It did today,” Melvin said.

In more encouraging news for the Giants, third baseman Matt Chapman returned to the starting lineup after missing the Giants’ last two games due to a sore hamstring. Chapman felt like he could play yesterday, per Melvin, but San Francisco wanted to give him one more day to recover.

“In this day and age, you want to be careful with guys,” Melvin said of Chapman, who leads the team in games played (64). “You look at his track record, he’s always been really durable. Played through some finger stuff last year. It’s just kind of who he is. I think everybody knows that around here. He’s pretty tenacious in how he plays the game and always wants to be out there for his team.”

Chapman’s return is a relief for the Giants, who have a litany of players currently on the injured list. Even with right-hander Keaton Winn and outfielders Austin Slater and Michael Conforto recently returning, the amount of players on the shelf remains …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment

      

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