Notes: Giants reflect on Draft Day

Notes: Giants reflect on Draft Day

SAN FRANCISCO -- For first-round draft picks like Matt Cain, Brad Hennessey and Jamey Wright, Draft Day can be something special.

For others, like 12th-round selection Todd Greene, ninth-rounder Mark Sweeney or eighth-round pick Steve Kline, it's just another day.

"I was out playing a pick-up game of basketball," Kline said of the day in June 1993 when he was drafted by the Cleveland Indians. "I remember someone telling me I had a chance to get drafted on the first day, and I thought, 'Cool.' I was trying to figure out if I was going to play summer ball or pro ball. It's nothing like today, where people might gather around a TV or radio or something."

Greene, picked by the Angels in 1993, also had little interest in following his draft day.

"I didn't care because I was a senior [in college] and I knew I was going to get drafted," Greene said. "I knew I wasn't going to get drafted very high. It's not like I had any bargaining power. I signed for $5,000."

Greene signed as an outfielder, but after the short season, he went to Instructional League to begin his conversion to catcher.

"I guess I'll have to wait a while to know if that was a good move or not," Greene said. "I knew I could always hit enough to be here, but I've been injured as a catcher."

Sweeney was also a college senior when the Angels drafted him in 1991.

"I was drafted in the 39th round the previous year and I ended up ninth, so that was a better position," Sweeney said. "The way the money is, a lot of guys try to make their money in the draft as opposed to making it in the big leagues. That's been one of the bigger changes.

"Now we're at a point where guys have to be in the big leagues by a certain time, and that deteriorates the normal process. Certain guys have to make it because of the huge investment. It's sad really, because other guys got overlooked. I had to earn my way and I had opportunities. I take it as an honor to wear a Major League uniform."

Alou in the outfield: As expected, the Giants activated Moises Alou from the disabled list and immediately inserted him into the lineup, slotting the outfielder fifth behind Barry Bonds.

Alou, out since May 5 with a right ankle sprain, was hitting .378 with seven home runs and 25 RBIs when he landed on the DL.

The Giants sent infielder Kevin Frandsen back to Triple-A Fresno to make room for Alou. Frandsen appeared in 21 games with San Francisco, batting .232.

Right-hander Tim Worrell (strained muscle) is expected to be activated from the disabled list following Wednesday's series finale against the Marlins.

"There's nothing wrong with Worrell, but the feeling is he'll pitch one inning at the most," Giants manager Felipe Alou said. "There's a possibility with Wright going on his fourth day, we might need someone to go a couple of innings."

Bonds will also have the day off Wednesday.

Parking changes: Changes in the parking lots at AT&T Park may cause delays for fans driving to games over the next few weeks, beginning with Wednesday's 12:35 p.m. PT game.

In order to avoid possible delays, fans are encouraged to take public transit to the ballpark. Fans driving to AT&T Park should allow extra time, and those driving from the North or East Bay who do not have a season parking pass should consider parking at Piers 30-32 (The Embarcadero at Bryant).

The primary change is a reduction in the size of the Giants Parking Lot B. That lot will now primarily serve Season Pass Holders. However, replacement, day-of-game parking is available at Pier 48 and is accessible via northbound Terry Francois Boulevard.

The new Lot B entrance is on southbound 3rd Street (south of Mission Rock Street). The entrance can only be accessed via southbound 3rd Street. From northbound 3rd Street, you must now make a U-turn at Mission Rock Street to access Lot B.

Up next: Wright (5-4, 4.20 ERA) will make his sixth career start on three days' rest when the Giants and Marlins meet in Wednesday's matinee. Wright is 2-2 with a 4.30 ERA in his previous five starts on three days' rest. He is 4-4 against the Marlins in 10 career starts.

Bay Area native Dontrelle Willis (2-6, 4.72 ERA) will be making his fourth career start in San Francisco, and he's still looking for his first win against the Giants.

Rick Eymer is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.