SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants are planning to be without center fielder Angel Pagan for the rest of their series against the A's. Manager Bruce Bochy said Pagan was going to get a cortisone injection for his troublesome left hamstring this afternoon and won't be available until the St. Louis series at the earliest. Bochy said the Giants are optimistic right now they won't have to put Pagan on the disabled list.
"Right now we think he should be ready in St. Louis," Bochy said.
As for who will start Sunday against the Cardinals, Bochy said it will "likely" be right-hander Chad Gaudin. The Giants optioned Mike Kickham to Triple-A earlier today and purchased the contract of right-hander Ramon Ramirez, which gives them coverage in late-inning situations and against right-handers. Plus Gaudin, who leads Giants relievers this season with 30 2/3 innings pitches, is no stranger to the starting role with 75 starts in his big-league career.
Bochy said Ramirez is here to "help out where Gaudin was helping out," meaning the seventh and eighth innings and matching up with right-handed hitters along with Jean Machi.
"He's been throwing the ball well in Fresno," Bochy said of Ramirez, a member of the Giants' World Series team in 2010. "It's good to see him. He's excited about being here, but it's nice to have some depth on your farm club that can come up here, especially a guy like him that has the experience of pitching late in the ballgame."
As for Kickham, who lasted just 2 1/3 innings in his major-league debut Tuedsay night, Bochy said he's confident the Giants haven't seen the last of the left-hander.
"He'll be back up here at some point," Bochy said. "I though the kid showed great stuff.
"I didn't want him to have too rough an outing, or else I would've let him try to pitch out of (the third inning). But I liked the stuff that he showed."
* On the visitors' side today, the A's are also looking forward to the return of one of their outfielders. Josh Reddick went 1-for-4 today in a rehab game at Triple-A Sacramento and made a couple nice defensive plays, and could rejoin the A's as soon as Friday, manager Bob Melvin said.
"I think the plan is DH tomorrow and hopefully we're on our way," Melvin said.
Reddick was in a deep funk at the plate before going on the DL. Melvin said the wrist injury contributed to that, including hampering his ability to pull the ball right before he went on the DL.
"It was probably good for him to get a break and get fully healthy," Melvin said. "That way there'll be no trepidation about coming back."
* Here's the A's lineup that will face Tim Lincecum tonight:
Melvin said that of all the A's pitchers, it's probably best to have Milone be the first to have to hit in interleague play. Milone is 2-for-11 with a home run in the majors while playing for the Nationals and also had some success with the bat in the minors.
Less experienced is tomorrow's starter A.J. Griffin, who has one plate appearance in the minors to his name. That hasn't tempered his enthusiasm.
"I would say he's probably the most gung-ho," Melvin said with a smile. "Tommy's got a quiet confidence about him and I'm sure he's probably just as excited about it."
Melvin said he watched some of Griffin's batting practice sessions and the right-hander has "got a decent swing. We'll see what happens when you get wrinkles and stuff like that, but yeah, he's a pretty athletic kid."
That one plate appearance? Griffin said he walked on five pitches.
"They told me they'd fine me $250 for every swing," he said.
* Here's the Giants' lineup again, in case you missed it in the earlier post:
* Melvin said he's expecting a slightly different atmosphere for the final two games of this series than the first two. Crowds at the Coliseum were loud but seemed split, with fans of the two teams swapping chants of "Let's go Oakland" and "Let's go Giants."
"I don't know if you'll see as many green hats here as you saw black and orange over there," Melvin said. "For me it was like a big, 35,000-capacity bar, going back and forth with the fans as much as on the field. Here it'll probably be a little more one-sided."
-- Matt Kawahara