Now Frandsen's resolve will be tested. He is expected to miss most -- if not all -- of this season after sustaining a significant injury to his left Achilles' tendon, manager Bruce Bochy said Monday.
Frandsen was playing in a minor league game at the Giants' complex in Scottsdale, Ariz., and hurt himself while trying to go from first base to third on a single, Bochy said. Trainers are almost certain that he tore the ligament; an MRI exam was scheduled to confirm the diagnosis.
"We're probably looking at surgery as soon as possible," said Bochy, adding that recovery time is typically five to six months.
Bochy said Frandsen had secured a place on the Opening Day roster and the manager had hoped to find him consistent at-bats at second base and third. When camp opened, Frandsen was in competition with Ray Durham to start at second base; nagging injuries have slowed both players.
Frandsen had taken grounders and batting practice in recent days but Monday was his first game action since March 16 because of a sore Achilles' tendon. The San Jose native said last week the injury had bothered him most of the spring.
"That's why we held him back and had him in a minor league game, to be cautious," Bochy said.
Giants players were crestfallen upon hearing the news after a 6-5 exhibition loss to the Arizona
"He's got to be crushed," first baseman Daniel Ortmeier said. "Our thoughts and prayers are going to be with him. He'll take it pretty hard. We all are. He's a good buddy and teammate."
Said Bochy: "This kid has worked so hard. ... I'm sure it's tough for his psyche and he's got a long road now, but he's not going to let up. He'll be back.
"The plan was to have him on the club and get him all the playing time we could get him."
Frandsen, 25, is a Bellarmine College Prep alum and holds the all-time record for hits at San Jose State. He is a .322 hitter over parts of four minor league seasons and excelled when the Giants gave him regular playing time at second base this past September.
Frandsen did not return a message left on his cell phone.
Bochy said Frandsen's injury changes some of the conclusions he had reached about his fluid infield. Jose Castillo is now a lock to make the team, either as a backup at three infield spots or possibly as a starter.
The Giants might be more likely to stick with Ortmeier at first base and give Rich Aurilia the bulk of time at third.
Bochy also said Brian Bocock continued to be the front-runner to open the season at shortstop and remain with the club until Omar Vizquel returns in early April.
The club was planning to discuss other additions via trade or through the waiver wire. One is Robert Fick, who was released by the San Diego Padres and has played for Bochy in the past. Fick's agent, Eric Goldschmidt, said he planned to talk with Giants officials late Monday.
At the end of his eye-opening spring, Fred Lewis made the biggest impression of all Monday.
He crushed a tape-measure home run at Tucson Electric Park that soared over the 405-foot mark in straightaway center field, cleared the 40-foot wall and left him stunned as he rounded first base.
"I'm running and I said, 'Did I just do that?'" said Lewis, who connected off Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander Micah Owings. "That's the longest ball I've hit in my entire career -- batting practice, anything."
His moon shot is the latest act in a strong spring that has the Giants reconsidering their outfield alignment. They had planned to platoon Dave Roberts and Rajai Davis in left field.
Bochy said he would pencil Durham in the lineup again today for the Cactus League finale, and he hopes he won't have to scratch the veteran second baseman for a fourth straight day. Durham, who stayed back in Scottsdale to rehab a tight hamstring, said he wasn't concerned with what appears to be growing annoyance from the coaching staff. "I don't know what the big deal is," Durham said. "I'll probably play all the (exhibition) games in San Francisco and Oakland and go from there."
Kevin Correia, who was scratched from Monday's start because of what Bochy termed a "cranky shoulder," instead threw off a bullpen mound and reported no problems. ... The Giants reassigned third baseman Ryan Rohlinger to minor league camp. ... Cupertino native Nick Pereira allowed a home run but otherwise pitched well over four innings. Pereira will start the season at Triple-A Fresno and the right-hander will be one of the Giants' prime options should injuries befall their rotation.
-- Andrew Baggarly, MediaNews staff