SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants today made a move to bolster a bullpen that pitched 5 2/3 innings last night in relief of rookie Michael Kickham, optioning Kickham back to Triple-A Fresno and purchasing the contract of right-handed reliever Ramon Ramirez.
Kickham, called up to fill Ryan Vogelsong's rotation spot, lasted 2 1/3 innings in his major-league debut in the Giants' 6-3 loss to the A's. The Giants will need a fifth starter again June 2 in St. Louis. After being optioned, Kickham won't be able to make that start unless he replaces a player that goes on the disabled list.
The Giants did not immediately announce a corresponding 40-man move for Ramirez, a member of the Giants' 2010 World Series team who is 2-1 with a 3.46 ERA in 26 innings this year in Fresno.
Meanwhile, center fielder Angel Pagan is still out of the lineup nursing his left hamstring. An MRI found bursitis in the area, but manager Bruce Bochy said yesterday Pagan was still considered day-to-day.
Bochy had Gregor Blanco lead off yesterday and Andres Torres hit seventh, wanting to avoid having three consecutive lefties in the 6-8 spots. But Blanco is in an 0-for-17 skid and Bochy flipped the two outfielders today. Belt gets a day off.
Here's the full Giants lineup against the A's today as the series shifts to San Francisco:
-- Matt Kawahara
PHOTO: San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Michael Kickham reacts after giving up a two-run home run to Oakland Athletics' Derek Norris during the second inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 28, 2013, in Oakland, Calif. Kickham was making his major league debut. Associated Press/ Eric Risberg