— An article in the San Francisco Chronicle today talks about the possible return of formerly heralded Giants prospect Angel Villalona:
Staci Slaughter, senior vice president of communications, said the Giants expect to resolve a $5 million breach-of-contract lawsuit that Villalona filed against the team in the Dominican Republic. Villalona would report to the Giants’ academy there to resume his baseball work.
Back in 2008, he was named the 33rd best prospect in baseball by Baseball America, and he came in at #44 the next year. Project Prospect wrote about Villalona in March of 2009, concluding that “largely due to his poor walk rate — 2nd-worst in the South Atlantic League last year — we see Villalona as a guy who still has some major adjustments to make if he’s ever going to find success in the big leagues.” He’s still just 21 years old.
— When Clayton Tanner was released by the Giants, Andrew Baggarly tweeted that Sabean had called it a “paper move,” and that the team was in the process of re-signing him. It appears, however, that Tanner has caught on with the Cincinnati Reds’ organization.
— Buster Posey seems to be doing well in his recovery:
More than three months after his leg injury, Buster Posey walks without a limp and says without reservation that he’ll be the Giants’ Opening Day catcher in 2012.
He’ll head to Arizona soon to continue rehab, writes John Shea.
The Giants are set to face the DBacks in several hours: it’ll be Ian Kennedy v. Tim Lincecum.
Tonight’s lineup, via @SFGiants:
Tonight’s #SFGiants lineup: Ross cf, Keppinger 2b, Beltran rf, Sandoval 3b, Burrell lf, Huff 1b, Cabrera ss, Stewart c, Lincecum p