Left-hander Jeremy Affeldt called the brace that he's wearing on his recovered right knee "basically preventative." Affeldt, who sprained the knee April 28 while affectionately trying to hoist his son, was reinstated from the 15-day disabled list Sunday and pitched a scoreless inning at Arizona. Affeldt noted that because his legs sometimes hyperextend to bend in the opposite direction, the brace actually could help prevent this from occurring.
Right-hander Shane Loux might still be in Triple-A if he hadn't switched from starting to relieving toward the end of Spring Training, at the behest of pitching coach Dave Righetti.
"When you're dealing with the people who brought along guys like Madison [Bumgarner], Timmy [Lincecum] and Matt [Cain], you're not going to argue with them," said Loux, who was primarily a starter in 15 professional seasons.
Loux, who has accumulated barely more than a year of Major League service time, correctly reasoned that most personnel moves relating to the pitching staff involve relievers. His training regimen, which he said he "stepped up 20-fold" in recent years, enabled him to make the transition from the rotation to the bullpen quickly.
The Giants were hoping to record their 100th consecutive sellout at AT&T Park in Monday night's series opener against Colorado. "It's off the charts, what the fans have done," manager Bruce Bochy said. "I know it. And believe me, the players know it."