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Friday, August 13, 2010
Giants install Jose Guillen in right field


Oh, boy. This doesn't figure to make the Giants' starters real happy:



OK. I know I wrote about this already Friday, and I know Bochy might have been misinterpreted or might change his mind.

But if this really is the plan, it's even worse than I thought. Because making Guillen the every day right fielder and Huff the every day first baseman means Travis Ishikawa is out of a job ... and he's done absolutely nothing this season to deserve losing his job.

Not that it's been a regular job, exactly; Ishikawa's played in 84 games, but has just 141 plate appearances. Still, the Giants' best lineup against right-handed pitching includes Ishikawa at first base, Aubrey Huff in one of the outfield corners, and one of the Giants' right-handed DHs in the other corner. With Nate Schierholtz coming in to play defense the moment the Giants have the lead.

Maybe that's how Bochy will play it. Keep an eye on Ishikawa, though. If he's buried by Guillen, you might reasonably question the manager's sanity. And not just because of all the running Torres (and Aaron Rowand) will be doing in center -- and left-center, and right-center -- field.