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Guzman might DH for Giants in Seattle


Guzman might DH for Giants in Seattle
Giants fans desperate for a hitter might get their wish this week.

Interleague play begins Friday, and the Giants start a three-game series in Seattle, a perfect opportunity for Jesus Guzman to break into the majors.

National League teams can use a designated hitter in interleague road games, and the Giants aren't exactly spilling over with extra swingers ready to assume a DH role. So the team is considering calling up Guzman from Triple-A Fresno for the series.

"It's a possibility," an authoritative Giants voice said Sunday.

So far this season, Guzman has been trying to prove he's not a "man without a position." He's playing first base and is neither graceful nor adept, but he's apparently making routine plays and every once in while does something surprisingly well.

"For someone playing a new position, I think he's doing a hell of a job," said infielder Kevin Frandsen, who was Guzman's teammate at Fresno before being promoted to the Giants on Sunday. "He's working hard. Whenever he gets that chance, he'll be ready to go. Obviously, he's raking."

In Seattle, defense would be secondary. It would all be about Guzman's bat. He collected another three hits in Sunday's 6-3 victory over Albuquerque and is hitting .354 with six homers and 31 RBIs in 36 games. That's after an awful 10-game start in which he hit .118. Since then, he's at .425.

"He has a great approach with guys on base," Frandsen said of Guzman, hitting .436 with runners in scoring position and .526 with two outs and runners in scoring position. "Drives in a lot of runs. Good opposite-field hitter. Lot of power."

Music to Giants fans ears.

Guzman, 24, carried his hot bat from the A's farm system last summer a combined .349 with 17 homers and 88 RBIs in 100 games to Venezuela over the winter set the league RBI record and was named MVP to the Giants' training camp .412 with five homers in 24 games to the Pacific Coast League.

If he does emerge in Seattle, who knows? He might stick around. Especially if coaches think he's not an embarrassment defensively.

In Sunday night's Giants -Mets game, first baseman Travis Ishikawa made a big-league play after Matt Cain walked the bases loaded, fielding Jeremy Reed's grounder and turning it into a first-catcher-first double play. A press box wag said, "Think Jesus Guzman makes that play?"

Maybe not. Is the sacrifice worth it?


Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: May 18, 2009

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