Runzler feels good despite uncertainty

Runzler feels good despite uncertainty

Runzler feels good despite uncertainty
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Amid the fuss surrounding Buster Posey, Freddy Sanchez and Brian Wilson, it must be remembered that Dan Runzler is attempting to rebound from an injury, too.

Runzler was removed from last year's season finale against Colorado with a strained muscle in his left side, an abrupt end to a strong finish in which he threw 5 1/3 scoreless innings in his last 11 appearances. Now healed, Runzler is pitching with abandon.

"I'm not scared to throw," the left-handed reliever said Tuesday. "There's no worry whatsoever."

Whether Runzler will open the season with the Giants is questionable. Jeremy Affeldt, Santiago Casilla, Javier Lopez, Guillermo Mota, Sergio Romo and Brian Wilson have bullpen jobs clinched. If the Giants opt to begin the season with an 11-man pitching staff, Runzler will return to Triple-A Fresno, since he has Minor League options remaining. But Runzler's 73 strikeouts in 68 2/3 Major League innings remind the Giants of his potential dominance.

"When he's got his confidence and he's healthy, it's a great arm. It's an electric arm," manager Bruce Bochy said. "The ball really comes out of his hand nicely."

Runzler, who has divided each of the last three seasons between the Minors and Majors, isn't dwelling on his near future.

"It's such a numbers game. But I'm not worried about that whatsoever," he said. "I feel like if I do everything I'm supposed to do, everything will work out."