Right-hander Jake Peavy made his first rehab start for the Triple-A River Cats on Wednesday. Peavy came away feeling physically fine, Giants manager Bruce Bochy said, but after allowing six runs on nine hits in 42/3 innings needs some more work before rejoining the Giants.
“He’s not quite ready but got his work in,” Bochy said of Peavy, who threw 76 pitches in the outing. “That’s why it’s called rehab. He’s getting himself ready. He’s probably going to get at least a couple more outings, and we’ll see where he’s at.”
Peavy was in San Francisco on Thursday to meet with team doctors. Bochy said his next rehab start will come during the River Cats’ upcoming series in Colorado Springs, likely Monday (the last game of that series and giving Peavy a normal four days’ rest).
Peavy has pitched just twice for the Giants this season because of pain in his lower back and hip. When he started his rehab assignment, there was some thought it could be a shorter one, but it sounds as of the Giants would prefer Peavy to get a bit more work in the minors before activating him.
“Results are nice, I’m not going to say that’s not something we look at, too,” Bochy said. “It gives us a measuring stick on where he’s at. But still, it’s more important he comes out of it, feels good, and he’s able to make his next start.”
▪ Angel Pagan is seventh in the Giants’ lineup again, with Bochy hoping “he settles in, get his timing.” Bochy indicated during the most recent road trip he could eventually put Pagan second in the order and bump Joe Panik down to sixth or seventh, and he didn’t rule out doing that at some point Thursday.
“That could give us a little more speed (at the top),” Bochy said. “But right now, I’m going to leave Angel where he’s at.”
Pagan has batted third much of the season, but Bochy said he wanted to get Hunter Pence higher in the lineup after Pence played a few games.
“He gives us speed, power, energy, all those things,” Bochy said of Pence.
Pagan is still batting .310 but went 4 for 20 on the trip. Bochy said Pagan is “all-in on hitting in that seven-hole right now.”
▪ The Giants’ lineup Thursday against the Atlanta Braves:
And the Braves’ lineup against Chris Heston:
▪ With the Giants back at home, Heston inherits the pitching staff’s current 28-inning scoreless streak at AT&T Park. The Giants’ longest home scoreless streak since moving to San Francisco is 37 innings, which they set in 2012.
▪ Bochy confirmed that, yes, the Giants are following the Warriors’ run to their first NBA Finals in 40 years. Bochy said players were checking scores during their flight back from Milwaukee last night, and that he got home in time to watch the last few minutes of Game 5.
“Just a great run by them, great job,” Bochy said. “A lot of hard work, and I admire their way, how they play together as a team, and it’s been a lot of fun to watch them. They’re a fun team to watch.”
Bochy was asked if he has any advice for Warriors coach Steve Kerr.
“Keep doing what he’s doing,” Bochy said. “He’s doing a good job. My advice – don’t change anything. Keep doing what you’re doing.