San Francisco Giants

Back tightness could delay Jake Peavy’s next rehab start

The Giants originally thought Jake Peavy came away from his rehab start with the River Cats on Wednesday feeling OK. As it turns out, Peavy experienced back tightness, which may cause the Giants to push back his next rehab start.

Manager Bruce Bochy said Peavy was going to be re-examined by team doctors. Bochy indicated that Peavy’s discomfort is not serious, but the Giants are waiting to set a date for Peavy’s next outing.

“It’s just a little tight,” Bochy said. “We may have good news once he gets looked at. Just the fact that he feels a little something there ... it’s not a setback where he’s going to need a lot of time; he just said he could feel it a little bit.”

Peavy, who has made just two starts for the Giants this season because of back and hip pain, said he feels “quite a bit better than we have been in quite a while. But we still have some things we’re ironing out.” He threw 76 pitches in 42/3 innings in his outing for the River Cats, allowing six runs on nine hits.

The Giants do not feel they need to rush Peavy back. Their rotation is strong with Chris Heston and Ryan Vogelsong, a candidate for Pitcher of the Month, filling in for Peavy and Matt Cain. The Giants still hope to have Cain, who is scheduled to throw to hitters on Saturday, for the second half.

“I told Jake that today,” Bochy said. “I said, ‘Jake, the good news through all this – I know you want to get back to the mound, but we don’t have to rush you,’ These guys have done a great job, and it gives us time to slow-play Jake and Matt Cain. There’s no need to be in rush mode.

“At the same time, we’re going to do all we can to get both these guys ready. There’s always that slight sense of urgency, but not to the point you’re going to rush them back faster than they’re ready.”

▪ The Giants’ lineup for tonight’s game against Braves right-hander Mike Foltynewicz:

LF Aoki

2B Panik

RF Pence

C Posey

1B Belt

SS Crawford

CF Pagan

3B Duffy

P Hudson

And the Braves’ lineup against Tim Hudson:

2B Peterson

CF Maybin

1B Freeman

RF Markakis

3B Johnson

C Pierzynski

LF Cunningham

SS Simmons

P Foltynewicz

▪ The Giants are the first National League team since 1917 to record at least eight shutouts at home in a calendar month. The last team to do that: The 1916 Giants, who had 10 shutouts in September at the Polo Grounds.

▪ The Giants’ streak of not allowing a run at home in 37 innings ties their longest such streak since moving to San Francisco and is two innings from matching the longest streak in franchise history since 1912. The 1948 New York Giants did not allow one run at home for 39 innings from July 11-30.

▪ The Giants are 20-7 in May. They haven’t won 21 games in a month since August 1968 – and have three chances remaining this month to tie that mark, beginning tonight.

▪ Reliever Erik Cordier, who was outrighted to the River Cats, declined the assignment in favor of free agency. But Cordier then signed a new minor-league deal with the Giants. So he’s still in the organization and is headed to Sacramento anyway.

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