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Giants notes: Updates on Melancon, Crick and Morse as Pablo Sandoval flies to San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO – Amateur reporters with camera phones captured shots of Pablo Sandoval boarding a nonstop flight from Boston to SFO on Friday.
It’s expected that his minor league contract with the Giants will be announced once he passes a physical.
Until then, Giants manager Bruce Bochy is sticking to the Sgt. Schultz routine.
“Nope, I haven’t heard anything,” Bochy said prior to Friday night’s game against the San Diego Padres. “I’m being honest. I can’t say I’m expecting him here. I don’t know.”
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–Mark Melancon (strained tendon near elbow) threw 20 pitches off a mound Thursday and Bochy said the closer was encouraged by how his arm felt. There’s no timetable for his return, which means Sunny Sam Dyson will remain the closer for the foreseeable future.
–Kyle Crick is shining in a bullpen where so many young relievers have failed to make a solid impression this season, and Bochy said the rookie could be moving into a more meaningful role.
Crick retired five batters Thursday night, he has allowed only one run over his last six appearances and right-handers are just 3 for 17 against him.
It’s good timing for Crick, since there’s a decent chance George Kontos and/or Hunter Strickland could be dealt before the July 31 trade deadline. If that happens, the Giants will need a durable presence in that bullpen capable of pitching multiple innings.
“He’s always had a live fastball, a swing-and-miss fastball, but it’s been fun to watch how his secondary stuff has come along,” Bochy said. “He’ll throw a changeup, too. He’s become more of a complete pitcher. He’s one of those players you had to be patient on, and it’s paying off for us and for him.”
–It doesn’t sound as if we’ll see Michael Morse on the active roster again. He’s back home in the Miami area and still on the 7-day DL with a concussion he sustained when he collided with Jeff Samardzija as benches cleared in response to the Bryce Harper-Hunter Strickland fight May 29.
Bochy said that even if Morse’s symptoms subside, he is facing a lengthy minor league rehab assignment to try to get his timing back.
“He’ll have to make a decision (whether to retire),” Bochy said.

Lineups as the Giants try to improve on their 5-15 record vs. the Padres, a team that is strategically tanking, since last year’s All-Star break:

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