Monday, April 07, 2008

Giants Become Own Worst Enemies

Who needs David, when this goliath (get it? "Giants") is toppling from within. First, long reliever Keiichi Yabu was hit across the eyes with his elastic band:

Yabu, wearing sunglasses in the clubhouse, hurt himself on Saturday when he was doing arm exercises at his locker.

"I'm still hopeful that by 2, 2:30 p.m. he gets his vision back. They thought 24 hours when he did it, so he's improved quite a bit," Bochy said before Sunday's game. "He should be fine tomorrow."

Yabu, who takes the bands with him on the road and are not part of the Giants' workout program, was among three non-roster invitees on San Francisco's roster after making 40 relief appearances for Oakland in 2005. Yabu was 0-1 with a 6.75 ERA in three appearances this season.

Bochy said the hooks that held the bands in place came off and smacked his long reliever right across the eyes.

"He's got blurry vision," Bochy said. "They are little hooks that just popped off. There's different exercises you do with it. He was doing the one over his head and you stretch them out pretty far and then when he went up, they just popped off."

Yabu? More like, Boo-Yah!

Then, Dodger nemesis Randy Winn takes himself out with his own bat:

Winn hit himself on the follow through of a swing on Saturday. "The bruise is pretty good ... He's not moving very well," Bochy said. "That's kind of freak. I've seen it a few times where a guy has hurt himself on a follow through, but not very often."

Add to that the fact that Aaron Rowand's ribs are sore, and Barry Zito has a 6.75 ERA after two starts (10 IP, 7 ER): yeech. I'd offer up Juan Pierre as trade bait for Tim Lincecum, maybe? Pierre's ready to play every day...