SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants made a pair of roster moves following their oddity of a 2-1 loss to the New York Mets on Wednesday night.
The club activated catcher Hector Sanchez from the 15-day disabled list; Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Sanchez would start Thursday's homestand finale and catch Barry Zito, with whom he's formed a battery for all but two of the left-hander's starts this season.
The club optioned Eli Whiteside to Triple-A Fresno.
In addition, the Giants sought to cover a tired bullpen. They reinstated right-hander Shane Loux from his rehab assignment and activated him from the 15-day disabled list. To create room, outfielder Justin Christian was optioned to Fresno.
Loux has been on the DL since late June with a strained neck but the injury hasn't been an issue for several weeks. Sanchez sprained his knee last month in Atlanta but it responded well while catching the past couple days at Fresno.
The Giants needed work Wednesday night from Brad Penny, George Kontos and Clay Hensley -- all of whom loaded the bases yet somehow escaped without allowing a run. They had been worked hard in recent days and each logged a ton of pitches in Wednesday's wild loss.
The injury bug continues to hit Eduardo Nunez.
Bruce Bochy announced 90 minutes before the Giants' game Friday night that Nunez has been placed on the 10-day DL retroactive to June 20 for an ailing hamstring injury.
In a corresponding move, the Giants activated Conor Gillaspie from Triple-A Sacramento.
Nunez exited early on June 15 in Colorado. He beat out an infield single, but had trouble stopping after reaching base and signaled for trainer Dave Groeschner.
On June 19 Nunez returned to the lineup, but has not played since.
Throughout the season Nunez has battled hamstring issues. When healthy, he's been consistent at the plate while playing multiple positions.
Nunez is batting .299 with 17 doubles and has stolen 17 bases in 64 games played this season.
Postseason hero Conor Gillaspie is back up with the Giants and on the hot corner Friday night at AT&T Park vs. the Mets.
New York Mets (31-41)
1. Curtis Granderson (L) RF
2. Asdrubal Cabrera (S) 2B
3. Yoenis Cespedes (R) LF
4. Wilmer Flores (R) 3B
5. Michael Conforto (L) CF
6. Lucas Duda (L) 1B
7. Travis d'Arnaud (R) C
8. Jose Reyes (S) SS
9. Seth Lugo (R) P
San Francisco Giants (27-48)
1. Denard Span (L) CF
2. Conor Gillaspie (L) 3B
3. Joe Panik (L) 2B
4. Brandon Belt (L) 1B
5. Austin Slater (R) LF
6. Brandon Crawford (L) SS
7. Nick Hundley (R) C
8. Gorkys Hernandez (R) RF
9. Ty Blach (R) P