SAN FRANCISCO -– Michael Morse is under the weather and Brandon Belt is beginning a rehab assignment for Single-A San Jose Thursday night, so Adam Duvall is getting his first major league start at first base.
Morse was scratched from Thursday’s original lineup as “the crud” makes its way through the clubhouse (and broadcast booth). As a result, Giants fans will get their first glimpse of Duvall, who was leading all of Triple-A with 23 homers and will make his major league debut in a four-game series opener against the Cincinnati Reds.
It’ll be up to Ryan Vogelsong to carry over some of the momentum from Tim Lincecum’s no-hitter Wednesday night. Vogelsong has beaten the Reds in a tough spot before, as you’ll recall from Game 3 of the 2012 NLDS at Great American Ball Park.
As for Belt, he’s expected to remain with San Jose through Sunday and get at-bats as the designated hitter. He might play one game at first base if his left thumb feels up to it. After Sunday, he’ll continue his rehab assignment as the first baseman for Triple-A Fresno.
Belt is aiming to return to the Giants July 4.
As for center fielder Angel Pagan, he’s going to take a couple days to rest his lower back now that he’s officially on the disabled list. Marco Scutaro’s back was a bit sore after his first rehab appearance for the Giants’ affiliate in the rookie-level Arizona League, but he’ll play with the kids again (four to five innings this time) on Friday.