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Notes: Teammates sad to see Morris go

Notes: Teammates sad to see Morris go

LOS ANGELES -- Matt Cain tends to speak as he pitches, with words rushing from him like so many fastballs. Tuesday, however, Cain was thoughtful and measured as he spoke of Matt Morris, his friend and suddenly former teammate who was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Morris' demeanor and status as a veteran commanded respect from others -- particularly the Giants' younger starting pitchers, such as Cain (22), Tim Lincecum (23) and Noah Lowry (26).

"He's got his 10 years, you know? And he played that off well," Cain said, referring to Morris' Major League tenure. "We all kind of looked at him that way and we all knew it. It didn't matter if he had a good start or a bad start. He was that guy we were going to go to if something was going on."

Cain, who used to kick soccer balls with Morris in the outfield to keep limber, particularly felt that way.

"We lost a guy who loved to compete and a guy we all loved to watch compete," Cain said. "It's going to be sad not to watch him every fifth day and not be able to talk to him all the other days in between."

First baseman-outfielder Mark Sweeney echoed Cain, indicating that position players also valued Morris' presence.

"Matt puts things in perspective better than a lot of people do. It goes beyond him throwing," Sweeney said.

Sweeney declined to say whether trading Morris meant that the last-place Giants have given up on the 2007 season.

"You have to do what you can. I don't look into things like that. That's what you guys [in the media] write about and think about more than we do as players," he said. "We have a lot of talent and like I've said before, we've underachieved."

More action? General manager Brian Sabean indicated that more trades could be in store, despite the passing of Tuesday's deadline.

Deals still can be made if the players involved clear waivers. And from what Sabean has seen so far, that could happen in August.

"I really don't know how much gamesmanship is going to go on with the waiver process," Sabean said. "I certainly think most of the players who have been asked about on our end will get through waivers. You're never sure, but I sense that people will be open for business. I really don't know how much blockage is going to go on."

Ortiz update: Russ Ortiz will test his right forearm for what could be the final time when he makes another injury rehabilitation start Friday or Saturday for Triple-A Fresno against Oklahoma. Ortiz is expected to throw 75-80 pitches. Should he emerge healthy, he'd likely rejoin the Giants' rotation shortly afterward.

Daunting defense: The Giants entered Tuesday having played nine consecutive errorless games, their longest since a similar streak Sept. 4-15, 2004. Their last streak of at least 10 errorless games in a row was an 11-gamer Aug. 7-18, 2000.

Coming up: Lincecum will receive his introduction to the Giants-Dodgers rivalry when he starts Wednesday night. Los Angeles left-hander Mark Hendrickson will oppose him.

Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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