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Brett Bochy, son of manager Bruce Bochy, trying to make San Francisco Giants team

  • In this Feb. 13, 2013 file photo, San Francisco Giants' Brett Bochy is shown at a spring training baseball workout in Scottsdale, Ariz. A little bit of playful razzing comes with the territory for Brett Bochy. He's in his first big league camp for the Giants. And, his dad's the manager. Yet a quick poll around the clubhouse will tell you that his teammates know the right-hander earned this opportunity. ((AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File))

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — A little bit of playful razzing comes with the territory for Brett Bochy. He gets it.

The pitcher is in his first big league camp for the San Francisco Giants. And, his dad's the manager.

"It's pretty special to have your son here, I'm not going to lie," Bruce Bochy said Saturday.

Reliever Jeremy Affeldt plans to remind the right-hander about it regularly — good-naturedly, of course.

"Only seven or eight times a day," Affeldt said. "We're going to ask him every day: 'Where do we go? Who we putting in today, Boch?'"

A quick poll around the clubhouse will tell you that Bochy's teammates know the pitcher earned this opportunity.

He has made an impression on the Giants' brass nearly three years after elbow ligament-replacement surgery. He went 7-3 with a 2.53 ERA and 14 saves in 41 appearances and 51 1-3 innings last year for Double-A Richmond. Fatigued down the stretch last season, the coaches plan to closely monitor his workload this spring training.

A manager's son being in camp is not unprecedented. Two years ago, Detroit skipper Jim Leyland's catcher son, Patrick, received a spring training invite from the Tigers.

"All the guys have said it. They realize that it's special. It's something to take in and really just enjoy and embrace it," Brett Bochy said. "They've seen me over the past few years and know I'm not just getting here because of my dad. I've pitched my way here, earned my way here. Now it's time to embrace it and enjoy it."

General manager Brian Sabean will certainly vouch for the reliever.

With so many players from the reigning World Series champions headed for the World Baseball Classic this spring, the Giants needed some added depth for the exhibition schedule. Bochy plans to use every opportunity to improve.

"He's earned it. He had a real nice season," Sabean said. "Half the bullpen's in the WBC, so he's going to get a chance."

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