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Casilla adds late-inning bullpen depth; Japanese import sent to minor leagues

  • San Francisco Giants' Santiago Casilla throws during an exhibition spring training baseball game against the Chicago Cubs Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, in Mesa, Ariz. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — On a day when the Giants made another round of minor cuts, a pair of high-profile reinforcements returned to camp. Center fielder Angel Pagan and reliever Santiago Casilla rejoined the Giants after facing off in the World Baseball Classic championship game, which was won by Casilla's Dominican Republic squad.

Casilla proudly showed off the two medals (one for participation, one for winning) in his locker and was all smiles as he talked about representing his country and taking part in a third title celebration in the past 30 months. "Nobody was sleeping!" he said.

Most important for the Giants, Casilla said his arm feels great. Casilla allowed just one hit in five scoreless WBC appearances, a triple by Pagan.

"I told him, 'Hey, only fastballs for you,'<TH>" Casilla said. "Just don't steal home."

The Giants lost to the Colorado Rockies 10-7 on Thursday night. Matt Cain gave up seven hits in five innings of work and was the losing pitcher.

Manager Bruce Bochy said Pagan, who on Thursday briefly met with coaches but didn't work out, would start Friday. Casilla's return to the mound hasn't been scheduled yet, but he, along with the rest of the bullpen, will meet with Bochy in the coming days to discuss this season's plan for the late innings.


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