SAN FRANCISCO — Randy Johnson said Monday he felt much better than he did three weeks ago when he strained his left rotator cuff on a swing against Houston on July 5. But when he'll be able to pitch again remains to be seen.
Johnson was examined by Dr. Ken Akizuki right before the Giants' game with the Pittsburgh Pirates, and manager Bruce Bochy didn't have much in the way of new information after the Giants' 4-2 win.
"Randy was re-evaluated, and it's still going to be a little bit of time," Bochy said. "We don't have a target date for him, but it's still going to be a few days before we get him throwing. I'll know more (today) after I get what the (doctor's) plan is, and we'll know more about where we're at."
During his therapy, Johnson didn't pick up a baseball but was working on strengthening the shoulder and keeping up his fitness. He would have normal soreness in his body after workouts but nothing that would linger for a long time.
"It's a positive sign that I'm feeling a lot better than I was three weeks ago. With the amount of weight I was lifting, it does feel better," Johnson said. "So I'll have to get with the doctor and see what he recommends and just kind of go from there. I'm hoping its sooner rather than later."
Aaron Rowand will be limited to pinch-hitting duty for at least the next one or two days as an MRI on his bruised right forearm revealed a slight tear. Bochy said Rowand, who is on anti-inflammatory medication, may be held out of the outfield for four or five more days. Rowand said the forearm hurts only when he throws.
The Giants called up infielder Jesus Guzman and infielder/outfielder Eugenio Velez from Triple-A Fresno and optioned John Bowker and infielder Matt Downs to the Grizzlies. Bochy is hoping both players can spark an offense that managed just 23 runs on the 10-game road trip. Both hit lefties well in the minor leagues, and both were in the lineup against left-hander Paul Maholm. Both had singles in the Giants' three-run second inning. Lefty Zach Duke pitches for the Pirates on Wednesday "... Bochy said he still plans to pitch right-hander Ryan Sadowski on Friday against Philadelphia.
— Curtis Pashelka