"There's no riding-a-bike deal," he said.
But he insisted that he felt comfortable after fielding his first fly ball.At the outset, Burrell's biggest challenge will be handling the legions of well-wishers. A graduate of San Jose's Bellarmine College Prep, Burrell still has plenty of friends living in the Bay Area, as well as his parents, who reside in the Santa Cruz mountains, and a sister.
"My phone's been going crazy," he said.The Giants created room on the big league active roster for Burrell by optioning John Bowker, their Opening Day right fielder, to Fresno. The club opened a spot on the 40-man roster by outrighting reliever Brandon Medders to Fresno. To set up that move, Medders, who had been bothered by right knee inflammation, was activated from the 15-day disabled list. He had been on a Minor League injury rehabilitation assignment.
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.