SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants have Buster Posey back in the lineup for Friday night’s matchup with Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw, but earlier in the day put yet another player on the disabled list.
Kelby Tomlinson suffered a sprained left thumb in Wednesday’s game against the Boston Red Sox and was placed on the 15-day DL on Friday. The move surprised manager Bruce Bochy, who said he didn’t learn until Thursday that Tomlinson’s thumb was hurting.
"This guy didn’t get treatment, he did his workout after the game, then he woke up (on Thursday) and it was killing him," Bochy said.
Tomlinson had an MRI that revealed a "moderate" sprain, Bochy said, and will have to wear a splint for the next two weeks. That leaves the Giants without both their back-up infielders, as Ehire Adrianza is still rehabbing from a foot fracture and not close.
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The Giants called up infielder Ramiro Pena from Triple-A on Sacramento to replace Tomlinson and transferred reliever Sergio Romo to the 60-day DL to make room on the 40-man roster. Pena, 30, plays all three infield positions and has been mostly at second base and shortstop in Sacramento.
Bochy didn’t want to throw Pena in the lineup on his first day against Kershaw. So the Giants have five left-handed hitters in the lineup against the Dodgers left-hander. Left-handed hitters are batting .135 against Kershaw this season, though righties (.178) aren’t faring that much better.
As Bochy outlined, his options on the bench right now are limited. Gregor Blanco and Conor Gillaspie are both left-handed hitters. He could have inserted Posey at first base and had Trevor Brown catch, but pointed out that Brandon Belt hit a home run against tough left-hander David Price in the Giants’ win Wednesday.
"It’s what we have," Bochy said of the lineup. "And they found a way to win a game a couple nights ago off a tough lefty."
That was without Posey, who missed the last three games with nerve irritation in his right thumb. Bochy said Posey received a cortisone shot in the thumb on the Giants’ last day in St. Louis, one reason he has not played in five days. The Giants must be glad to have him back Friday: Posey’s lifetime average of .220 against Kershaw (18-for-82) is modest, but the rest of the active Giants combined against Kershaw are 21-for-163 (.129).
Tomlinson’s was only the first of a series of injury updates Friday:
* Left fielder Angel Pagan is starting a minor-league rehab assignment Saturday. Bochy said Pagan is scheduled to join Triple-A Sacramento and play Saturday through Monday, rest Tuesday and, if all goes well, rejoin the Giants lineup Wednesday. But Pagan could be back with the Giants sooner if he says he feels up to it.
"Yeah, he could talk me into that very easily," Bochy said.
* Matt Cain was throwing a bullpen session as the Giants took batting practice Friday. If the right-hander responds well the next couple days, he will start on Monday night.
* Romo is scheduled to throw off a mound Saturday. The move to the 60-day DL doesn’t really affect his timetable: It’s backdated to when Romo first landed on the DL in April, so by the time Romo is ready to return he’ll be near or past the 60-day threshold.
* Bochy said he had no update on Adrianza, other than the fact that, "I don’t think he’s that close."
* Bochy was asked about the Giants signing Chris Denorfia to a minor-league deal. The veteran was released by the Yankees in March, so he’s reporting to extended spring training in Arizona for a couple of weeks before likely joining the Triple-A River Cats. At that point, he gives the Giants some needed outfield depth.
"Right now we’re a little nicked up and he’s a right-handed bat that can play anywhere in the outfield and has experience coming off the bench," Bochy said.
"I’ve always liked him. He can run, steal a base, he’s always swung the bat very well against us. It’s good to have depth in your system."
* Finally, the Giants made eight selections on day two of the MLB Draft and like second-round pick Bryan Reynolds, their lone selection on day one, all were taken out of college. The full list of Giants picks so far:
2nd: Bryan Reynolds, CF, Vanderbilt
3rd: Heath Quinn, OF, Stanford
4th: Matt Krook, LHP, Oregon
5th: Ryan Howard, SS, Missouri
6th, Gio Brusa, LF, University of the Pacific
7th: Garrett Williams, LHP, Oklahoma State
8th: Stephen Woods, RHP, University at Albany
9th: Caleb Baragar, LHP, Indiana
10th: Alex Bostic, LHP, Clemson
Giants director of scouting John Barr said the college theme was simply a product of those being the highest players on the Giants’ draft board at the time of their selections.
"We’re pleased," Barr said. "Is it college-oriented? Yes. But we’ve got some players here who we think are quality players."
Krook is an intriguing pick: A Bay Area native who attended St. Ignatius High School in San Mateo, the left-hander was selected in the late first round out of high school in 2013 by the Marlins but instead attended Oregon. He suffered an injury his freshman year and had Tommy John surgery, sat out the 2015 college season, started throwing again in the Cape Cod League last summer and pitched again for the Ducks this spring.
"He’s someone that we think has a high upside," Barr said. "He’s a power pitcher, big lefty, fastball, throws a curveball and slider. Fastball is a plus fastball at times."
Barr also reiterated the Giants were pleased that Reynolds, whom they considered a first-round talent, fell to them in the late second round. Bochy was asked about Reynolds and said he knows the Giants’ front office was thrilled at the pick.
"He seems really athletic, good-sized kid that can run, center fielder, switch-hitter, he’s coming out of a good baseball school," Bochy said. "I look forward to seeing him and meeting him. I can tell you there were some excited guys that he was still on the board."