Trevor Brown, who has impressed the Giants since he thrived during a late-season promotion last September, will begin the season as the team's backup catcher. Brown owns a .324 spring batting average and had been paired more recently in recent weeks with veteran pitchers, an apparent sign that the Giants wanted to prepare him to work with the pitching staff in the regular season.
Manager Bruce Bochy clearly stated that Brown won the job on his own merits, not by default through Susac's sore right wrist.
"In fairness to Brownie, he played very well," Bochy said. "He's got more confidence that he can handle the staff and provide some offense."
Susac entered big league camp as the favorite to claim the No. 2 catching spot. But he reinjured his wrist, which required season-ending surgery last Sept. 5. He recovered in time to participate in fielding drills and batting practice last week, and he even caught Matt Cain and had three plate appearances earlier Monday in a Minor League exhibition.
The Giants had more time to finalize their roster. But Bochy didn't want Susac, who hit .217 in Cactus League play, to waste his efforts.
"I thought was important for him to know what his status was," Bochy said.