Ryan Vogelsong made his spring training debut Monday, tossing 22/3 strong innings of a 4-2 victory against the Kansas City Royals. Vogelsong gave up one run and two hits, while striking out two.
The right-hander, who was an All-Star in 2011, is expected to begin the season on the disabled list as he recovers from a strained back that has kept him out of Cactus League action. But for Vogelsong and the Giants, Monday’s outing was a big first step.
“I kind of fell into a good rhythm after the first inning, get that first one out of the way and get back to business,” Vogelsong told MLB.com.
Pablo Sandoval hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth to give the Giants the walk-off win. Sandoval finished with three hits, while catcher Buster Posey doubled and walked in three plate appearances.
Surkamp shut down: Left-hander Erik Surkamp, the most likely replacement if any of the Giants’ five starters go down with injury, won’t throw for at least a week because of left elbow soreness. Surkamp pitched five strong innings last week and was scheduled to pitch again Monday, before he was told to rest. He went 2-2 with a 5.74 ERA with the Giants last season.
Giants release Ortiz: The Giants released veteran pitcher Ramon Ortiz on Monday. The 38-year-old right-hander was 0-2 with a 2.53 ERA in seven spring training appearances for the Giants, giving up three earned runs on 12 hits and three walks in 10 2/3 innings of work. Meanwhile, the Giants also re-assigned pitchers Shane Loux, Andrew Kown, Wilmin Rodriguez and Brian Burres to minor-league camp.
Viewing party set for AT&T: Comcast SportsNet Bay Area and the Giants will host an Opening Day viewing party at AT&T Park on April 6 as the Giants kick off their season on the road against the Arizona Diamondbacks. The party is schedule to kickoff at 3 p.m. with first pitch from Arizona slated for 4:10 p.m. For more info, visit www.csnbayarea.com or www.sfgiants.com.
S.F. Examiner wire services contributed to this report.