The Giants placed another member of their starting rotation on the disabled list today, as Jake Peavy joined Matt Cain on the 15-day DL with a lower back strain. Catcher Andrew Susac is up from Triple-A Sacramento to fill Peavy’s roster spot.
Peavy said it’s the same issue that led the Giants to skip his first start this season. As the right-hander described it, a problem with the SI joint in his left lower back is causing his back to "a little bit out of line" and leading to spasms and tightness.
The hope was that missing his first start would give Peavy enough time to quiet the back. And Peavy said it did -- to an extent. He felt OK in the early innings of his first two starts this season, but as the games wore on, he said the discomfort returned.
"I’ll have to spend some time not doing much these next few days to get everything calm down and see if we can get the issue resolved before I start baseball activities again," said Peavy. "It’s something I’m just not going to be able to fight through at this point."
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Peavy could not make it out of the fourth inning Friday night in a 9-0 loss to Arizona. He had an MRI on Saturday morning. The good news, he said, is that surgery does not seem to be an option right now. Peavy said he "(has) not heard that word, nor do I expect to."
"I’m going to do all I can do to get right, but I’ve got to be right before I know I can contribute," Peavy said. "I’m not doing anybody any favors by fighting through this thing and trying to be tough and putting my team in the spot I put them in last night."
Manager Bruce Bochy said the Giants have not yet discussed how they’ll handle Peavy’s rotation spot, and they’ll likely form a plan in the next couple of days. Ryan Vogelsong and Yusmeiro Petit are the obvious leading candidates to fill in for Peavy.
"He needs some time," Bochy said of Peavy. "We can’t keep pushing him with this back recurring. And I think it’s the best thing for Jake and the club."
Bochy said Peavy will probably be out two to three weeks. For now, Susac provides the Giants another option off the bench and allows Bochy more flexibility with the catcher spot if he wants to use Buster Posey at first base or give Posey a day off.
Susac, meanwhile, got the call late Friday night and hopped a flight from Salt Lake City to San Francisco today -- in time for the Giants’ ring ceremony, which Susac figured he would miss while playing for the Triple-A River Cats. That had him wondering how he would have received it otherwise.
"I was like, I don’t know, the mail?" Susac said. "Would they ship a $30,000 ring?"
Instead, Susac will get his 2014 World Series ring in person with the rest of the Giants today at AT&T Park. After that, the Giants will try to snap an eight-game losing streak against the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Giants’ lineup:
And the Diamondbacks’ lineup:
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