Bay Area Buzz 11/13: NaVorro Bowman, Barry Zito, Yasmany Tomas

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NaVorro Bowman

Linebacker NaVorro Bowman is scheduled to undergo an MRI examination on his surgically repaired left knee on Wednesday, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said.

It appears unlikely Bowman will return to practice this week. He is likely to make his practice debut on Tuesday, the last day he can return to practice and still be eligible to play this season.

ESPN’s Ed Werder reported on Tuesday that Bowman told him on Sunday that he is “still having some knee pain.”

Said Harbaugh, “I saw that report, but I don’t know for sure.”

A member of the 49ers’ public-relations staff, walking with Bowman on Tuesday, said Bowman would not speak to reporters until he is back on the field.

“Want to see where that’s at first,” Harbaugh said, explaining the reason for the MRI.

Matt Maiocco, CSN Bay Area

Barry Zito

Barry Zito did not play in the big leagues in 2014.

In fact, the Giants paid him $7 million so he wouldn’t be on the roster.

But that doesn’t mean he won’t play in 2015.

The 36-year old will reportedly attempt to make a MLB roster next season.

CSN Staff, CSN Bay Area

Yasmany Tomas

The MLB rumor mill is flush with eye-popping headlines that inspire debate, but of the latest reports from national baseball writers, none make less sense than the San Francisco Giants being dubbed a favorite to land Cuban outfielder Yasmany Tomas. According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Giants are one of three teams to proactively scout Tomas and have reportedly been present at three of his workouts.

At this juncture of free agency, the mere presence of scouts at a highly-coveted international prospect’s showcase is enough to garner sensational headlines. But the Giants are an unlikely suitor for Tomas for several reasons. The fact that San Francisco is keeping tabs on the 24-year-old slugger is not surprising. It’s simply the Giants doing their due diligence, which they do well. They have three Commissioner’s trophies to back that up.

John Shea, Rant Sports

The hottest Cuban prospect this winter is outfielder Yasmany Tomas – and the A’s are always looking for right-handed power, which he has. So it comes as no surprise, really, that Oakland does have interest in Tomas.

I’m told the A’s have discussed him, and they have scouted Tomas “a lot” over the past 18 months. Tomas, who turns 24 on Friday, hit .290 and had a slugging percentage of .504 in five seasons in Cuba. In the last World Baseball Classic, where he was one of Cuba’s youngest players, Tomas homered twice and hit .375.

Susan Slusser, San Francisco Chronicle