A report stating that the Giants have offered a contract to 40-year-old utility man Melvin Mora to increase their infield depth is completely false, industry sources said Friday. Lider de Deportes claimed that Mora, who hit .228 in 42 games with Arizona last year, had received offers from the Giants and Cincinnati Reds. But Ryan Theriot will become eligible to be reinstated from the disabled list next Thursday, and the Giants still haven't given up on Freddy Sanchez returning. Manager Bruce Bochy said that Sanchez, whose recovery from a dislocated right shoulder was interrupted by back discomfort, is improving and could resume playing extended spring training games in Arizona as early as this weekend.
For those same reasons, the sources said that the Giants have no interest in second baseman Orlando Hudson, whom San Diego released Thursday. Hudson, who has played for four teams in five years (the D-backs, Dodgers and Twins besides the Padres), was batting .211 in 35 games for San Diego.
In a pregame ceremony, Bochy presented San Francisco mayor Ed Lee an orange jersey bearing No. 75 and signed by the entire team to observe the 75th anniversary of the opening of the Golden Gate Bridge. The Giants also wore commemorative patches on their jerseys to celebrate the occasion.