SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Striving to make 2013 a distant memory, projected No. 5 starter Ryan Vogelsong threw his first live batting practice session during the Giants' workout Friday and pronounced it "a good start."
Vogelsong, who slumped to 4-6 with a 5.73 ERA last year after finishing 27-16 with a 3.05 ERA in 2011-2012, has adjusted his pitching mechanics in an effort to regain his effectiveness. He's attempting to incorporate more turning of his hips that should help him gather more momentum toward home plate in his delivery.
"It actually went a little better than I expected," Vogelsong said. "I haven't overhauled my delivery, but I'm trying to change a couple of things to make it more efficient. I felt like a lot of my problems last year all stemmed from the same thing, mechanics-wise. I felt like I pulled off a whole lot of pitches. So I'm just trying to change some things to get some better top-to-bottom action."
Santiago Casilla avoids visa delay, makes it to camp
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Right-hander Santiago Casilla escaped his visa-related snafu and reported to camp Friday. Intent on making up for lost time, Casilla is expected to throw live batting practice Saturday, Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.
Casilla absorbed the predictable teasing from teammates for arriving late, particularly since his younger brother, Minor League right-hander Jose Casilla, reported to camp on time.
Bochy had a little fun with Jose Casilla, who pitched last year at Class A Advanced San Jose while the older Casilla remained the Giants' top right-handed setup reliever. Bochy said he told Jose Casilla, "If your brother doesn't show up, you're on the team."
• Michael Morse continued to display his opposite-field power, driving a home run to right field during live batting practice.
• Andres Torres, who lives in nearby Chandler, visited his former teammates, decked out in tight-fitting white jeans and a turquoise shirt. "He still hasn't found a shirt to fit him," manager Bruce Bochy said wryly. "But he looks good." Torres, the outfielder who underwent season-ending heel surgery last August, said that he hopes to latch on with an organization in May or June.
• In an example of unusual scheduling, the Giants have next Thursday off, one day after their Cactus League exhibition opener against Oakland. Bochy said that the club will indeed rest that day, though some pitchers may keep their arms limber by throwing bullpen sessions.