SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants made a roster move after Wednesday nights game, activating infielder Ehire Adrianza from the disabled list and optioning Juan Perez to Triple-A. Manager Bruce Bochy said this morning hed originally considered playing Adrianza today and giving shortstop Brandon Crawford a day off. Instead, Crawford is batting second against As left-hander Scott Kazmir.
Still, Bochy said he intends to start giving Crawford more days off in the second half. That means youll likely see more of Adrianza at shortstop on days Crawford is out. For today against Kazmir, Bochy said he preferred the matchup with Crawford, who has been "handling lefties pretty well," over Brandon Belt, whos batting sixth.
Adrianza will still play some second base and also is an option at third after playing some there at Triple-A Fresno, Bochy said. As for Perez, Bochy said, "Hes just not getting playing time." Perez will get more with the Grizzlies, while Adrianza gives the Giants a switch-hitting option off the bench.
Heres the full Giants lineup for todays series finale against the As:
And the As lineup behind Kazmir:
* With Perez gone, Bochy said Tyler Colvin becomes the backup center fielder behind Gregor Blanco, with Hunter Pence the emergency option.
"He plays center half the time anyway," Bochy said of Pence. "You see Blanco catching the ball and theres Pence right behind him."
* Bochy was asked if the Giants are planning to shuffle their rotation for the second half and said its been discussed, but no decisions have been made.
* No real update on Angel Pagan. Bochy still doesnt expect him back to start the second half, "But I think shortly after the second half," he said. "I think well have a pretty good read here the next couple days."
* Coco Crisp tweaked his ankle diving for a ball Wednesday night, manager Bob Melvin said. Crisp is not in the lineup today, but Melvin said he was intending to give Crisp the day off anyway, reiterating: "As hard as he plays, were going to be careful with him."
* Stephen Vogt has a nine-game hitting streak in which hes 14-for-30 (.467) with four multi-hit games. So what makes Vogt a good hitter?
"He gets a lot of hits," Melvin said, smiling, before continuing:
"His bat stays in the zone for a while, hes not afraid to stick his nose in there and cover the outside corner. Hes quick, where he can react to pitches inside, and has really come a long way to be able to hit some off-speed pitches."
Melvin said Vogt has also showed "tenacity" handling the different assignments the As have thrown at him defensively. Hes at first base again today for his fourth career start.
* Eric OFlaherty had his first rough outing for the As on Wednesday, allowing two runs in an inning. Melvin said theres still going to be a progression with OFlaherty working back from Tommy John surgery.
"Last night was the first time it looked like his command probably wasnt as good as the last couple times weve seen," Melvin said. "But the stuff was still good."
* Josh Reddick is still expected to go out on a rehab assignment either when the As are in Seattle this weekend or during next weeks All-Star Break.
* Speaking of the Seattle series, Fridays pitching matchup looks like a doozy. Seattle shuffled its rotation, and the result is Felix Hernandez opposing Jeff Samardzija on Friday night.
"I had a bet with our video guy that it looked like for weeks and weeks we were going to miss Felix for the first time since Ive been here," Melvin said. "Not only do we get him, we get him on the first game. So that didnt surprise me."
* Melvin said he has no plans for the break, and that hes "very happy about that."
"Just going to sit at home," he said. "A little gardening."
Will he watch the All-Star Game, and the As six representatives (seven, if you include Samardzija)?
"Oh, yeah," Melvin said. "Might even turn on the home-run hitting contest, too."