As a kid, Brett Bochy served as a bat boy for his father’s team in San Diego.
Now, he’s a right-hander his dad can summon out of the San Francisco bullpen.
Bochy had his contract purchased by the Giants from Triple-A Fresno on Tuesday. His manager – and father – Bruce Bochy will have the best seat in the house when the 27-year-old makes his major league debut.
This will be the second time a San Francisco player has taken the field with his dad as the skipper. Moises Alou played outfielder for Felipe Alou in 2005.
“What a great day,” Bruce Bochy said before the game. “I couldn’t be prouder of him. He’s put in a lot of work, grinding in the minor leagues for a few years. To have 30 days up here with Brett will be something I’ll always cherish and remember.”
The father in Bochy might have wanted to tip off his son that he was about to be called up. But the manager in him never gave an inkling that this day could happen, because managers don’t typically do that and he didn’t want to breach baseball protocol.
Not even for his kid.
So Fresno manager Bob Mariano was the one who broke the news to Brett Bochy that he was being summoned to the Giants.
“I was surprised,” said Bochy, a 20th-round pick in 2010 out of the University of Kansas. “I was honored and grateful to have the opportunity to be up there.”
Brett Bochy had a solid season at Fresno, appearing in 35 games and notching a 3.83 ERA.
This was not the kind of record-setting season Rangers manager Ron Washington envisioned.
When left-hander Derek Holland took the mound against the Royals on Tuesday night, he became the 60th player that Texas has used this year, breaking a tie with three other teams for the most in a single season in major league history.
The Indians and Padres each used 59 players in 2002, as did the Padres in 2008.
Clearing the bases
Second baseman Dustin Pedroia was out of the Red Sox lineup for the third consecutive game because of concussion-like symptoms. … Masahiro Tanaka plans to throw a bullpen this week, the next step for the injured Yankees ace as he tries to overcome a recent setback. Tanaka was transferred to the 60-day disabled list Tuesday in a procedural move. … Michael Wacha will replace Justin Masterson in the Cardinals’ rotation on Thursday. … The Yankees will celebrate Derek Jeter’s career by wearing a special patch on their caps and jerseys during his final few weeks in the majors.