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MLB Team Report - San Francisco Giants - INSIDE PITCH
SAN FRANCISCO -- When first baseman Brandon Belt returned from the disabled list earlier this month, he lasted only five games on the active roster before experiencing recurring symptoms of his concussion, sending him to the DL again.
Belt is eligible to be reinstated Friday, and Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Wednesday that the previous short-circuited comeback attempt would have no bearing on the club's decision whether to activate him.
The Giants tried multiple players at first base in Belt's absence. The two first basemen currently on the roster -- Adam Duvall and Travis Ishikawa -- are recent call-ups from the minors. Duvall went 1-for-3 with a walk and a run Wednesday in the Giants' 7-1 win over the Chicago White Sox.
While Bochy indicated Belt was unlikely to be activated for the start of a three-game series against the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday, he said the decision would be strictly the medical staff's call and that his left-handed slugger would be welcomed back as soon as possible.
Belt also missed 49 games earlier this season with a broken thumb. The Giants are 33-21 with Belt in the lineup this season, 30-36 without him.
MLB Team Report - San Francisco Giants - NOTES, QUOTES
STREAK: Won one
NEXT: Friday -- Phillies (LHP Cole Hamels, 6-6, 2.37 ERA) at Giants (LHP Madison Bumgarner, 13-9, 3.22 ERA)
--LHP Madison Bumgarner will be looking for his third consecutive complete game when he faces the Phillies on Friday night. Both previous complete games came on the road -- at the New York Mets and Kansas City -- and now he returns home, where he hasn't pitched nearly as well this season. Bumgarner is just 4-7 at home, as opposed to 10-4 on the road. He has a 2-2 record and a 2.89 ERA in four career starts against the Phillies.
--RHP Jake Peavy didn't get much offensive support in his first three starts for the Giants, the result being three consecutive losses despite only one less-than-stellar performance. The tables turned Wednesday in the Giants' 7-1 win over the Chicago White Sox. Peavy was staring at another hard-luck loss, trailing 1-0 when he left the game for a pinch hitter in the seventh inning. But the Giants rallied for seven runs after a controversial call reversal at home plate, allowing the veteran to snap a career-worst, 12-game losing streak.
--C Buster Posey recorded his first triple of the season and first since April 10, 2013, in the fourth inning Wednesday in the Giants' 7-1 win over the Chicago White Sox. Posey was stranded at third base even though his triple came with no outs. Posey hasn't done a good job of late driving in runners in scoring position, having failed in nine of his last 11 attempts. Posey did come through in the Giants' seven-run seventh inning Wednesday, singling home the fifth run of the inning.
--CF Angel Pagan ran his hitting streak to eight games with a difference-making, two-run single Wednesday in the Giants' 7-1 win over the Chicago White Sox. It was the type of hit Pagan often provided earlier in the season, when he helped lift San Francisco into as much as a 9 1/2-game lead in the National League West. The Giants went 18-26 in Pagan's absence, a stretch during which they slipped behind the Los Angeles Dodgers in the West. Wednesday's win was the Giants' first in six games since Pagan came off the disabled list.
--OF Gregor Blanco made the key play of the Giants' 7-1 win over the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday, even if it took him a couple of minutes to realize it. Blanco, having been called out at home plate with the Giants trailing 1-0 in the seventh inning, went back to the clubhouse to check out a replay as the umpires were conducting a video review. Sure enough, Blanco could see his path to the plate was obstructed by White Sox C Tyler Flowers, which should have made him safe. Minutes later, the umpires agreed, awarding the Giants their first run of what turned out to be a seven-run uprising.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "You need to catch some breaks. Today we definitely caught a break." -- RHP Jake Peavy, after a disputed run led the Giants to a seven-run seventh inning in a 7-1 win over the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday.
MLB Team Report - San Francisco Giants - ROSTER REPORT
--RHP Matt Cain (surgery on right elbow) was placed on the 15-day disabled list July 11. He underwent season-ending surgery to remove bone chips from his right elbow Aug. 11. He is expected to be fully recovered in time for the start of spring training.
--C Hector Sanchez (concussion) went on the seven-day disabled list July 26, and he was transferred to the 15-day DL on Aug. 10. He was fully participating in baseball activities as of Aug. 2. He began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Fresno on Aug. 5. He was shut down again Aug. 8-11 but resumed playing for Fresno on Aug. 12.
--1B Brandon Belt (concussion) went on the seven-day disabled list retroactive to Aug. 7. There is a chance he could be activated in mid-August.
--2B Marco Scutaro (strained lower back) went on the 15-day disabled list July 25. The veteran played in just five games after being activated from the DL on July 11.
--2B Ehire Adrianza (right hamstring strain) went on the 15-day disabled list July 25. The injury is an aggravation of the same hamstring ailment that landed Adrianza on the DL in June.
LHP Madison Bumgarner
RHP Tim Hudson
RHP Tim Lincecum
RHP Ryan Vogelsong
RHP Jake Peavy
RHP Santiago Casilla (closer)
RHP Sergio Romo
LHP Jeremy Affeldt
LHP Javier Lopez
RHP Jean Machi
RHP Juan Gutierrez
RHP Yusmeiro Petit
1B Adam Duvall
2B Joe Panik
SS Brandon Crawford
3B Pablo Sandoval
INF Travis Ishikawa
INF Joaquin Arias
INF Matt Duffy
LF Michael Morse
CF Angel Pagan
RF Hunter Pence
OF Gregor Blanco