SAN FRANCISCO -- After Sunday's game, Bruce Bochy never again will be responsible for putting together a Giants lineup. But you can tell he already has a pretty good idea of who should be playing second base next season.
Bochy has heaped praise upon Mauricio Dubon since the 25-year-old first arrived a month ago, and he again was complimentary Thursday afternoon. Dubon had three hits, including a big solo homer, in an 8-3 win over the Rockies at Oracle Park.
"Next year, I can't tell you what's going to happen, but I think you look at what he's done and he's made a lot of noise here," Bochy said. "This kid, whether I put him at second or short, wherever I put him in the order, he just goes out and plays. Nothing affects him."
Not even a brutal collision could slow Dubon's progress. He was run over by Tony Wolters on Wednesday night while fielding a grounder and there initially were concerns about his head or neck. But Dubon said he simply got the wind knocked out of him. When a reporter told Dubon that it looked like he might be done, he smiled.
"I thought I was done, too," Dubon said. "But nah, I ended up getting my wind back and came here and got ready for the game."
Dubon's homer was his fourth and the big day raised his slash line to .280/.316/.462. But Giants officials and coaches are looking beyond the numbers.
Earlier Thursday, third base coach Ron Wotus stood in the clubhouse and talked about how much he has enjoyed working with Dubon this month. Wotus is in charge of the infielders and he made an appointment to work with Dubon on throwing mechanics Wednesday afternoon. When the Giants played 16 innings Tuesday night, Wotus decided to push their work to another day, but not before Dubon tried to convince him to get out on the field anyway.
"I'm just trying to get better every day and get better every day," Dubon said. "There's room for improvement."