Bay Area baseball blog: Giants, Marlins lineups, plus Pagan, Crawford, Gaudin updates

Published: Friday, Jun. 21, 2013 - 5:58 pm

SAN FRANCISCO -- Angel Pagan walked into the Giants locker room this afternoon under his own power a day after being carted off the field during a rehab game with the Single-A San Jose Giants when he crumpled running to first base. Pagan underwent an MRI on his left hamstring and had the results, manager Bruce Bochy said -- but hadn't been checked by the Giants' doctors yet, so Bochy was unable to provide an update on Pagan's status.

"He seemed all right, a little down," Bochy said. "I think he's hoping, like the rest of us, for good news. Really won't know until he can get looked at."

Bochy said he'd be able to give an update after tonight's game against the Marlins, for which the Giants are still without Brandon Crawford. Crawford said he played catch today from 120 feet but the two sprained fingers on his right hand "still (don't) feel good when I'm throwing. I feel like there's not as much behind it."

Crawford did say he felt an improvement over when he tried to play catch Thursday and thinks he may be available tomorrow. Chad Gaudin, meanwhile, was wearing a sleeve on his right arm and said he still has some swelling after taking a line drive off the arm last night. Gaudin said he's "optimistic" about making his next start, but that likely won't be determined for a couple days -- he'll rest the arm today, play easy catch tomorrow and throw a bullpen session Sunday, which will give a better indication.

Here's the Giants' lineup tonight vs. the Marlins and right-hander Ricky Nolasco:

CF Blanco 2B Scutaro 1B Posey RF Pence C Sanchez SS Arias LF Torres 3B Noonan P Lincecum

And the Marlins' lineup against Lincecum: LF Pierre 3B Lucas RF Stanton 1B Morrison CF Ozuna 2B Dietrich SS Hechavarria C Brantley P Nolasco

* Bochy said he opted to start Torres over Juan Perez tonight in part because Torres has some history against Nolasco, who in four career starts against the Giants at AT&T Park has gone 4-0 with a 0.87 ERA. In fact, the Giants have lost eight straight to the Marlins at home -- and Marlins starters are 6-0 with a 0.74 ERA over that span.

* Pablo Sandoval is scheduled to begin a two-game rehab assignment tonight for San Jose.

"Knock on wood his goes a little bit better," Bochy said. "It's a setback with Angel and you hate to see that. But it'll be nice to have Pablo back in our lineup. Right now we need another bat to help out."

* Bochy said Buster Posey was going to get either tonight or tomorrow's day game off from behind the plate, which is why Posey is at first tonight and Hector Sanchez catching Lincecum.

* Bochy was asked about Jeremy Affeldt, who surrendered the game-winning hit in last night's game and has given up five runs over his last seven appearances. Bochy said he hasn't considered using Affeldt less in his customary late-inning set-up role.

"We need him," Bochy said. "He's one of our guys. ... Stuff's good and he's healthy. He's one of our set-up guys and he'll continue to be."

* Reliever Santiago Casilla is scheduled to throw a bullpen session tomorrow and could start throwing to hitters when the Giants are in Los Angeles next week, Bochy said. If all goes well, Casilla could start a two-or-three game rehab assignment soon thereafter and potentially rejoin the Giants toward the end of their three-city road trip.

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