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Coach Alguacil 'doing well' after surgery

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Giants first-base coach Jose Alguacil could be forced to refrain from on-field activities for up to two weeks after undergoing surgery Saturday to repair a broken nose and a deep laceration, the products of being struck in the face by a foul tip.

Coaching assistant Shawon Dunston will replace Alguacil in the first-base box.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Giants first-base coach Jose Alguacil could be forced to refrain from on-field activities for up to two weeks after undergoing surgery Saturday to repair a broken nose and a deep laceration, the products of being struck in the face by a foul tip.

Coaching assistant Shawon Dunston will replace Alguacil in the first-base box.

"We've texted. He's doing well," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Sunday. "He said he wants to throw [batting practice to] three groups tomorrow."

That, of course, won't happen. Alguacil sent a photo of his face to Bochy, who related that the 44-year-old's left eye is swollen shut.

"He looks like he went 15 rounds with Muhammad Ali," Bochy said.

Constantly cheerful by nature, Alguacil felt good enough Sunday to thank well-wishers via Twitter: "Good morning everyone. Thank you for your prayers and thoughts. I am doing well, ready to go back soon. I have about 250 texts. Thank you ... to all my friends and the Giants family for all the support. Love you all. I am doing well."

Tweet from @Agui13Jose: Thank you to all my friends and the Giants family for all the support. Love you all. I am doing well.

Coaches and managers of the Giants and Royals, which met for the second straight day Sunday, refrained from sitting in folding chairs in front of the backstop. That's where Alguacil was perched, behind home plate and several feet to the first-base side, when Kansas City's Hunter Dozier foul-tipped a Neil Ramirez pitch during Saturday's eighth inning. The ball was a blur before it hit Alguacil at the top of his nose and crushed his glasses, which caused the laceration. Alguacil also sustained small fractures in his eye socket.

Managers and coaches traditionally sit along the backstop during exhibition games, partly to escape the dugout crowds that result from oversized rosters. With Alguacil's misfortune on everyone's mind, Bochy said, "We weren't going to sit out there."

• In other injury-related news, third baseman Eduardo Nunez (right shoulder) said he will test his throwing arm Tuesday to evaluate whether he can play on defense. Nunez's sore arm has limited him to five appearances as a designated hitter. His backup, Conor Gillaspie, said his sore throwing arm had improved, though he missed his second game in a row after being scratched from Saturday's lineup.

• Bochy said Johnny Cueto has been tentatively scheduled to make his Cactus League pitching debut Saturday. The Giants face Cincinnati and Arizona in split-squad games that day. Slotting in Cueto behind staff ace Madison Bumgarner was a prerequisite in selecting a date for the right-hander's 2017 debut.

• Bumgarner was effective in his three-inning stint during the Giants' 4-3 loss to Kansas City. He allowed one run and three hits while walking one and striking out four. "Every time out has felt a little better, a little sharper and crisper," he said. "The ball's going in the right direction."

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• The Giants' losing streak, which reached eight games Sunday, hasn't bothered Bochy -- yet. "You'd like to win enough games where this question's not asked," he admitted. "We're here to get these guys ready. They're not playing nine innings. The pitchers are throwing short work. We're using a lot of guys right now. If it was like this two weeks from now, sure I'd be concerned. But not at this stage."

• The Giants made their first roster cuts of the spring, reassigning four players to Minor League camp: left-hander Andrew Suarez, right-hander Carlos Alvarado and infielders C.J. Hinojosa and Juniel Querecuto. Also, right-hander Ray Black was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento. The moves left 65 players on San Francisco's spring roster.

Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast.

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