SAN DIEGO -- This is the time of year when relievers can get used often. For some players, that's fine with them.Many relievers receive performance bonuses for certain levels of appearances. They don't have to be good appearances. They just have to get in the game. Example: Santiago Casilla. The right-hander's $2.2 million base salary gets sweetened by $25,000 when he hits the 50- and 55-game marks. He receives an additional $50,000 when he reaches the 60-, 65- and 70-game levels. So far, Casilla has pitched in 50 games. So he has cashed in on one bonus. Newly acquired left-hander Jose Mijares is another reliever who arrives at the ballpark singing Bill Withers' "Use Me" every day. Mijares, whose base pay is $925,000, gets $15,000 when his appearance total reaches 40, 45, 50, 55 and 60 games. Mijares had pitched in 56 games for the Kansas City Royals and Giants entering Saturday. So he had made an additional $60,000, with another $15,000 easily within reach.
Vogelsong shrugs off previous bad outing
SAN DIEGO -- Ryan Vogelsong continued to insist that his performance last Monday against Washington may have seemed shocking, but wasn't alarming.Vogelsong allowed eight runs and nine hits in 2 2/3 innings as the Nationals shredded the Giants, 14-2. It marked the first time this year that Vogelsong lasted less than six innings and surrendered more than four runs in a game. But he pointed out that his pitching wasn't as horrid as his statistical line would suggest. Vogelsong noted that seven of the hits he yielded were singles and that four didn't leave the infield.
"Obviously, you don't want it to happen," said Vogelsong, who faces San Diego in Sunday's series finale. "But it's not a game I have to try to reinvent the wheel after. I just needed one ball to be inches to the left or right and be a double play and I get out of it."
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.