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Tomko Sent To Giants' Bullpen

Two days after lasting just 2 2/3 innings in the biggest shutout loss in San Francisco history, Brett Tomko was demoted to the Giants' bullpen.

Pitching coach Dave Righetti broke the news to Tomko (5-10), who has lost three straight starts and hasn't won since beating the Mets in New York on June 5.

"He took it like a man," said Righetti, who acknowledged the move was a demotion, but denied it was punishment.

Tomko started Sunday's 16-0 defeat at Oakland and allowed six runs and 10 hits in his shortest outing of the season. Manager Felipe Alou and Righetti declined to say who would start Friday at San Diego, which would have been Tomko's 17th start.

Tomko has the tools and easy warmup style to be a setup man or closer but is an obvious candidate to pitch long relief as well.

"He's somebody who can go out there and throw three or four innings of baseball, so you've got yourself a backup for a young pitcher," Righetti said. "But there's a fine line there. This guy is still in the middle of his career in terms of his age and everything, and you want to see him be able to start for this team in the future, maybe end up relieving in the future, but either way you want his so-called arsenal for himself be broadened."

Tomko was the Giants' top starter down the stretch last season, posting a 5-1 record and 1.43 ERA in his last eight starts. He missed his third straight 200-inning season because of a stretch on the disabled list in June.


LaTroy Hawkins Closing In On A Return From DL

"Watching is the real pain -- knowing I can't help at all," said Giants reliever LaTroy Hawkins.

The right-hander smiled when he said that Saturday at McAfee Coliseum, and admitted he's coming closer to returning to action after being put on the disabled list, retroactive to June 10, with ulnar neuritis.

"I do feel pretty good and that's the thing -- being on the DL and not even being hurt," said Hawkins. "It's like the funny bone, causing tingling and numbness when I was trying to sleep. But I slept better last night and feel better than I have in two weeks.

"It's definitely a good day," said the 32-year-old setup specialist, who has struggled to an 0-1 record with a 15.75 ERA over five appearances since being acquired from the Chicago Cubs on May 28.

Via MLB.com

Bonds Suffers Rehab Setback After Knee Swells

Barry Bonds' rehab from knee surgery is in "a holding pattern," said the trainer of the San Francisco Giants on Saturday.

Trainer Stan Conte said that after a period of time in which the swelling in Bonds' right knee had subsided, the swelling increased mid-week following continued workouts.

"Right now we are in a holding pattern," Conte said. "The key is that once we get him into baseball-related activities, he stays in baseball-related activities."

Bonds will not travel with the team on its six-game road trip next week to Arizona and San Diego.


No Mo Return To Wrigley

Rumors of Moises Alou returning to Wrigley this season have quickly been quieted.

The San Francisco Giants outfielder has a $6 million option for 2006, and the Cubs are not interested in picking up that deal.

Alou also told members of the San Francisco media this week that he wants to continue to play with his father, Giants manager Felipe Alou, until he is no longer wanted.

Via DailySouthtown.com

Sabean Calls It "A Reach" To Trade Schmidt

Giants general manager Brian Sabean said it "would be a reach" for him to consider trading Jason Schmidt, who has been a subject of trade rumors.

Sabean said he wasn't in discussions to trade anybody "who is considered a premium player" on the roster.

"Now that could change obviously with our play, it could change with somebody that would be a free agent, but I don't consider Jason a free agent," Sabean said. "He has an option that we control."

The Giants can bring back Schmidt for $10.5 million next year or buy out the option for $3.5 million. Sabean said exercising the option remains a viable move.

Schmidt extended his streak to 17 consecutive scoreless innings and counting after a solid outing Wednesday night against Arizona. He struck out 10 in eight innings, the first time he has registered double-digit strikeouts since Aug. 12 of last season.

Via Oakland Tribune

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