SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- With the imminent start of the Cactus League season ending the workouts-only phase of Spring Training, Giants manager Bruce Bochy praised his players' diligence.
"As much as anything, it's an attitude," Bochy said Monday. "I love the way the guys have gone through the drills. It's been crisp."
Tuesday will be a transition day, featuring a three-inning intrasquad game involving mostly rookies and players with less than a year of Major League experience. Outfielder Gregor Blanco is the lone veteran performing for either team. The organization's two top pitching prospects will start against each other: Right-hander Kyle Crick (rated No. 32 on MLB.com's Top 100 Prospects list) and left-hander Edwin Escobar (No. 95).
Posey reserving comment on home-plate rule
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy and catcher Buster Posey, two of the more prominent figures in the push to prevent catchers from unnecessary harm, remained mostly mum as rules designed to preserve catchers' physical safety were adopted Monday.
Posey, who sustained extensive left leg injuries in a home-plate collision with Florida's Scott Cousins in May 2011, wanted to study the new rule more thoroughly before commenting.
"I want to look at it some," Posey said.
Asked recently about the potential of this rule to become known as the "Posey Rule," Posey replied, "I try to keep myself out of the conversation as much as I can. Because I know people are going to connect me to it regardless."
Though Posey's misfortune thrust Bochy into the spotlight as an advocate for protecting catchers, he actually was moved to action by an April 16, 2003, incident in which Brian Jordan of the Dodgers plowed into Padres catcher Gary Bennett.
"I thought he was paralyzed," said Bochy, a former Major League catcher who was managing the Padres at the time.
Minutes before the rule was announced Monday, Bochy reiterated, "These guys [baserunners] are getting bigger, faster, stronger. I'm all for it."
Giants backup catcher Hector Sanchez supported the change.
"Now you can feel more comfortable because you know the runner isn't going to hit you," he said.
Pagan returns to workouts; Scutaro improving
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Center fielder Angel Pagan, who was scratched from Sunday's workout with back discomfort, resumed participating in drills Monday.
"I thought he would be [recovered]," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.
Bochy announced that Marco Scutaro (back) won't play in Wednesday's Cactus League opener against Oakland but added that the second baseman could be fit enough to appear in games by the end of the week. Scutaro has been throwing and recently began swinging a bat.
Catcher Buster Posey also will be out of Wednesday's lineup, though he's uninjured. Bochy simply wants to regulate Posey's activity before the regular season starts.
Former Giants athletic trainer Nugent dies
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Former Giants athletic trainer Barney Nugent died of cancer over the weekend. Nugent worked for the team from 1993 to 2003.
Larry Baer, Giants president and chief executive officer, said of Nugent in a statement, "Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Denise, and all those whose lives he touched. We will miss him and always remember him as part of our Giants family."