S.F. Giants’ Chad Gaudin charged with lewdness in Las Vegas 

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  • A report surfaced Wednesday that Chad Gaudin has been charged with lewdness in an incident in Las Vegas that took place in January.

How does that old cliché go? When it rains it pours?

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported on Wednesday that police charged Giants pitcher Chad Gaudin with lewdness for allegedly touching a woman's face and breast in a Las Vegas hospital in January.

According to the Review-Journal, Gaudin was arrested on Jan. 27 after approaching a 23-year-old woman on a gurney at Desert Springs Hospital while allegedly drunk and telling she was gorgeous before touching her face and breast.

Gaudin's lawyer, Dominic Gentile, issued a statement Wednesday saying Gaudin was "experiencing symptoms believed to be related to acute renal failure due to a condition known as rhabdomyolysis." The statement went on to say that Gaudin denies any unlawful conduct and "there are differing and exonerating versions of what occurred that have been reported by eye witnesses."

The Giants signed Gaudin to a minor-league deal in December.

Gaudin has been one of the Giants' most consistent pitchers this year, going 2-1 with a 2.44 ERA in 23 appearances.

Representative from the Giants declined to comment on the matter.

Bullpen boost: The Giants' bullpen should be getting a much-needed boost in San Diego this weekend.

Santiago Casilla flew to Southern California on Wednesday and he's scheduled to throw a bullpen session today.

"If he's ready to go, we'll activate him [Thursday]," manager Bruce Bochy said.

Casilla completed his rehab assignment in San Jose on Tuesday. He threw five innings for the Class-A team, surrendering three earned runs on seven hits and five walks.

The right-handed reliever last pitched for the Giants on May 20 and the bullpen has missed his presence, posting a 3.59 ERA since June 1. In 21 games this season, is 3-2 with a 1.89 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP.

Human nature: Nothing seems to be going right for the Giants right now, Bochy acknowledged that some of the guys in his clubhouse are pressing.

"It's human nature when you're not going, you're in a slump or a skid, especially when you're losing," he said. "But it's not from the lack of the will of winning."

Managing the Mid-Summer Classic: The All-Star Game counts now and the Giants know as well as anyone. The Giants benefitted from NL victories in the All-Star Game in 2010 and 2012, receiving home-field advantage in the World Series both years.

"We got two rings partly because of that, so I feel a little pressure to do what we can to win the game," Bochy said.

Bochy, who's managing the NL at the All-Star Game in New York on Tuesday, said the elevated stakes changes managers' priorities.

"You always [played to win], but it was probably more of a 50-50 trying to get all the players in [before]," he said.

The Giants skipper said Major League Baseball requires him to develop a plan for managing his pitchers for 16 innings.

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