Manager Bruce Bochy said Strickland, ranked by MLB.com as the Giants' No. 10 prospect, has progessed since last year, when he yielded a record six postseason home runs.
"He's becoming more of a pitcher," Bochy said. In 15 appearances with Sacramento, Strickland has not allowed a home run while compiling a 1.66 ERA, five saves, a 0.78 WHIP and 25 strikeouts in 21 2/3 innings.
• Bochy said right-hander Matt Cain, whose flexor tendon injury has improved enough to allow him to throw breaking pitches, will throw to hitters in batting practice on Tuesday if he feels healthy enough to try.
• Madison Bumgarner's home run Thursday off Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw was his second against a former Cy Young Award winner. The Giants left-hander also victimized Los Angeles right-hander Zack Greinke. Previously, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, the only pitchers to homer off two Cy Young Award winners were Tom Griffin (off Steve Carlton and Randy Jones) and Travis Wood (off Tim Lincecum and Jake Peavy).
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.