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Giants' Parker, Athletics' Graveman return for series finale
SAN FRANCISCO -- The day Jarrett Parker broke his right clavicle, the San Francisco Giants were three games out of first place.
As he comes off the disabled list Thursday for San Francisco's series finale against the Oakland A's, the Giants are 35 games out.
It's hard to say how much of that falloff can be attributed to the absence of Parker, but San Francisco has struggled to get production from its outfielders. Parker, who hit .267 with 11 homers in 84 games covering parts of the 2015 and 2016 seasons, could have helped.
Now there is literally nothing he can do to turn things around, with two months of the season left and the Giants further out of first place than any other team in either league.
The return does mean he can focus on the work he needs to do on his game, or it would if he weren't as team-oriented as he is.
"I don't know about that," Parker said. "I try to keep it simple. The way I look at it, I just want to play. It's still a kid's game. I want to bring some life if I can."
Giants manager Bruce Bochy is more than ready for Parker's return. He said his outfielders will divide up the playing time, meaning veterans Hunter Pence, Denard Span and Gorkys Hernandez will have to do with somewhat diminished playing time.
"Really there's no big reason (to activate Parker) except that we want to give him a break and give him a chance to take some BP here," Bochy said. "He's been playing a lot, so we'll put him on the active roster (Thursday). He's getting more healthy the further he gets from the injury.
"We'll probably move him around. I'm going to use everybody out there. It's not like it's going to be the same three guys out there every day. We can rotate and make this thing work."
The A's, too, will be welcoming a player back from the disabled list Thursday. Right-hander Kendall Graveman, who is finishing up his second stretch on the disabled list, both due to a strained right shoulder, will be making his first start since May 19.
Graveman, the Athletics' Opening Day starter, was 2-0 with a 2.00 ERA two games into the season. However, he has started just eight games in all this year, going 2-2 with a 3.83 ERA. He has been on a minor league rehab assignment since July 19, going 0-1 with a 7.20 ERA and a .383 opponents' batting average.
"We are looking forward to seeing Kendall out there," Oakland manager Bob Melvin said. "Especially with Sonny Gray gone. He's the guy who pitched Opening Day for us and got off to a real good start, too. We are looking forward to getting him back in there."
Not nearly as much as Graveman is itching to be back working off a big-league pitching mound after what has mostly been a season lost to injury.
"I'm excited to be heading out there again," Graveman said. "It's been awhile. I'm just glad I'm healthy again. It took the right stuff to get back here."
Graveman was the Opening Day starter because Gray wasn't healthy enough to pitch. Now there is a chance for Graveman to show himself to be the staff ace after Gray was dealt Monday to the New York Yankees.
Of course, that is not his focus.
"I just want to go out there and pitch," he said. "I can say I feel good."
Graveman has an ugly history against the Giants: 0-1 with an 11.37 ERA in two career starts. He yielded four runs on nine hits in a start at AT&T Park on June 28, 2016.
His mound opponent Thursday will be San Francisco left-hander Ty Blach (6-7, 4.38 ERA). Blach was a tough-luck loser Saturday at Dodger Stadium, where he allowed two runs in seven innings as the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Giants 2-1.
Blach, who will be facing the A's for the first time in his career, hopes to pitch the Giants to a win that would result in a split of the four-game, home-and-home Bay Bridge Series.
Updated August 3, 2017