Giants manager Bruce Bochy said he didn’t do anything special to let Jarrett Parker know he’d be in Saturday’s starting lineup, making his big-league debut.
“Saw him in the weight room and said, ‘By the way, you’re starting,’” Bochy said. “I didn’t want him to over-do it.”
Parker has been with the Giants for a few days but has yet to get an at-bat. Last year, Parker spent one day with the Giants without playing before being sent back to Double A. He’ll start tonight in right field against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
“He’s got to be excited,” Bochy said. “He’s probably wondering, ‘I keep getting called up, and I’m not getting used.’ I wanted to put him in there today.”
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Parker probably wouldn’t be up if Hunter Pence were healthy. But Pence is still not doing any baseball activities as the Giants hope rest will help quiet the tendinitis in his left wrist – which landed Pence on the 15-day disabled list on Friday.
Pence met with doctors Friday, and Bochy said the re-evaluation showed nothing new. It does appear Pence’s wrist issue is related to the fractured forearm he suffered earlier this spring. Pence said today he formed a “bone callus” after the fracture, which inhibits the normal sliding of the tendon. When he dove for Andrew McCutchen’s ball on June 2, he hyper-extended the wrist, and the tendon became inflamed.
“We’re hoping early next week he can start doing some baseball activities,” Bochy said. “No new word really to give you with Hunter except that he’s going to continue to rest it, stay away from swinging right now.”
The Giants back-dated Pence’s DL stay to June 3, meaning he’s eligible to return as early as next Thursday. That seems like a stretch if Pence isn’t doing any baseball activity until Monday at the earliest, but Bochy said he “wouldn’t put (the chances) at zero.”
“I wouldn’t, not with Hunter,” Bochy said. “We’ll see. I think Monday, probably give you a little better percentage, if you want the odds.”
▪ The Giants’ lineup today against Allen Webster, a right-hander just called up from Triple A:
And the Diamondbacks’ lineup against Ryan Vogelsong:
▪ Matt Cain will make a rehab start Monday for the River Cats, and Jake Peavy will follow on Tuesday. Bochy was asked to estimate how many more rehab starts each will need to make before the Giants consider activating them. Bochy said if forced, he’d say three for Peavy and three or four for Cain.
“But again, each start, we re-evaluate them, see where they’re at,” Bochy said. “We’ve got to see how they come out of each start, what happens.”
▪ Bochy said Gregor Blanco (concussion) is “doing better” and hopefully benefited from a normal night’s rest Friday. “The doc really felt with a good night’s sleep last night he really would start turning the corner,” Bochy said.