SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants recalled catcher Hector Sanchez today from Triple-A Fresno, and Sanchez won't have long to settle in. He's starting and catching Tim Lincecum in today's series finale against Milwaukee.
Guillermo Quiroz was designated for assignment to clear a roster spot for Sanchez, who went on the disabled list in July with a strained right shoulder that had bothered him since spring training and has played 13 games at Fresno since coming off the DL. Sanchez went 7-for-35 in those games but said today the important thing is his shoulder feels as strong as at any point last year, particularly when he's throwing to bases.
Manager Bruce Bochy said it was important for Sanchez to stay at Fresno for a while to get regular playing time before rejoining the Giants, as the injury setbacks this season "slowed down his development." He'll give Buster Posey the occasional day off and give Bochy a switch-hitting pinch-hit option.
Here's the rest of the Giants' lineup today:
And the Brewers' lineup against Lincecum:
* Bochy said it wasn't easy giving the news to Quiroz after Wednesday night's game. There's always the possibility that if Quiroz clears waivers he could be back with the Giants later this season when rosters expand, or if Sanchez gets hurt again. Bochy said Quiroz did a "credible job of backing up."
* Much of Bochy's pre-game discussion with reporters centered on the frustrations of this season in light of Wednesday night's 6-1 loss, in which the Giants lost a 1-0 lead in the eight and starter Madison Bumgarner was afterward quoted as saying in response to a question that the Giants may be allowing their concentration to waver at times.
Bochy definitely didn't deny one thing: The team is frustrated. Going from World Series champions to currently last place in the West and 13 games under .500, "There's a lot of pride involved, and there is going to be frustration," he said. Bochy, though, didn't buy into the idea that players are checking out mentally or giving less effort.
"Again, you're talking to a pitcher that just lost a really tough ballgame," Bochy said of Bumgarner. "And I think Madison, he probably kind of wishes he had talked to the guys about it, because when you catch a guy after a tough game like that, he says something he might regret a little bit. He's not the type to point fingers.
"I don't know if it's a lack of concentration as much as we are pressing so hard to win a ballgame, and somehow we've got to get them back to being who they are. This is a group that played so well together, they helped each other, and I just think they've kind of gotten away from that a little bit."
Bochy was asked about the Giants' approach to the rest of the season and said while it's "going to be important for us to evaluate for the future, at the same time, we have that obligation to play good baseball, play for each other, the fans, honor the game. That's by going out there and giving it all you have. And they're doing that."
While the effort is there, though, Bochy said part of the issue might be that many of the Giants' core young players haven't experienced losing in this way before. Going from successful high school or college programs to a largely successful minor-league system to a team that has won two of the last three World Series doesn't provide much opportunity to learn how to deal with skids like the Giants hit earlier this summer.
"Some of them are in uncharted waters a little bit having to deal with it," Bochy said. "It goes back to the mental toughness of a group, dealing with this adversity and how you handle it. And I'll be honest, right now we probably haven't handled it very well. That's what's been frustrating for all of us is a lot of us haven't been through what we have been through (this season).
* It's Marco Scutaro back in the leadoff spot today -- and Brandon Belt making his first start in the majors in the cleanup spot -- against the Brewers right-hander Donovan Hand. Scutaro went 0-for-9 in two games in the leadoff spot before last night. All told, Giants leadoff hitters are a combined 6-for-76 (.079) with four runs scored in 19 games since the All-Star Break.
-- Matt Kawahara