Nunez unlikely to play before postseason

Nunez unlikely to play before postseason

SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy stated the obvious after Eduardo Nunez injured his right hamstring at San Diego on Sunday: "That's something we don't need now."

In two months since being acquired before the non-waiver Trade Deadline, Nunez had become an increasingly important piece to San Francisco's success, batting .338 with 10 RBIs and 10 runs scored in 19 games before sustaining the injury. But it is now uncertain if the club's third baseman will play another game this year.

Nunez is still listed as questionable. But Bochy didn't appear confident about the speedy infielder's short-term future while speaking to reporters before the Giants' series opener against the Dodgers on Friday.

The manager said the earliest Nunez would return is Sunday, adding the third baseman's status for the National League Wild Card game, should the Giants qualify, is also in doubt.

Nunez has at least reached the next step in his rehab. He hit off a tee and tested the hamstring by running on a treadmill Friday.

"We'll see how he comes out of his run on the treadmill to have a good idea of where he's at," said Bochy.

Prospect pays visit

Bryan Reynolds got his first taste of AT&T Park on Friday night. Fresh off his first season in the Minor Leagues, the Giants' second-round pick in the 2016 Draft visited the ballpark with his parents and sister.

His visit followed a successful season in which the outfielder established himself as a capable switch-hitter at every level he played at. Reynolds combined to hit .313 at Class A Short-Season Salem-Keizer and Class A Augusta, in addition to going 4-for-12 with one home run with Class A Advanced San Jose in the California League playoffs.

"I had a blast in my first year," Reynolds said. "I played for three different teams so I got to meet a lot of different people, played at a bunch of different parks. It was just a fun way to start my first professional year."

A product of Vanderbilt, Reynolds said he gained a lot of confidence in 2016. His consistent production likely had a hand in why he was promoted to San Jose to play in the postseason.

"I think it was good to get that postseason under my belt, get a feel for postseason play. Maybe in the future I can use that experience," said Reynolds.

For now, Reynolds is playing in the fall instructional league. He said he isn't sure what the organization's plan for him is in 2017.

Justin Wise is a reporter for MLB.com based in the Bay Area. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.