Chris Haft of mlb.com says Andrew Susac is heading for the reserve role on the 25-man roster.
SAN FRANCISCO -- On paper, a scramble for the Giants' backup catcher's job appears imminent. In reality, Andrew Susac
should reclaim the role with minimal fuss.
Settling on a stand-in for Buster Posey
San Francisco's three-time All-Star, shouldn't be a consuming issue
after pitchers and catchers report to Major League camp on Feb. 17 in
Scottsdale, Ariz. General manager Bobby Evans reported that Susac, last
year's reserve until arthroscopic right wrist surgery ended his season
in early September, seems healed.
"Everything sounds good," Evans said on
Wednesday. "I don't think there are any concerns going in [to Spring
Training]. ... I think if Susac is healthy and performs well, he's the
most likely choice to be our backup."
Common sense requires the Giants to stockpile alternatives to Susac,
who hit .218 with three home runs and 14 RBIs in 52 games last year:
• Trevor Brown
, who looked polished during a late-season, 13-game stint with the Giants and will participate in his first Major League camp.
• Miguel Olivo, a 13-year big league veteran who agreed to a Minor
League deal with San Francisco earlier this week. Evans said that Olivo
was not invited to big league camp and will likely open the season with
Consider the lesson derived from this event: As the Mets made
ex-Giant Hobie Landrith their first selection in the expansion draft
before their inaugural 1962 season, manager Casey Stengel explained the
wisdom of the move.
"If you don't have a catcher, you're likely to have a lot of passed balls," the "Ol' Perfessor" observed.
Susac was pretty decent in 2014 with a 1.0 WAR.