SAN FRANCISCO -- After his bullpen blew a lead Tuesday night, Giants manager Bruce Bochy promised to get with coaches Dave Righetti and Mark Gardner to discuss bullpen changes. The staff did meet, and a new reliever was added, but not because of anyone's struggles.
Cory Gearrin was put on the disabled list Wednesday with a strained right shoulder and Albert Suarez was recalled from Triple-A Sacramento. Bochy said the training staff is confident that Gearrin will need just the two weeks. The sore shoulder is something he has dealt with in the past.
"It was going to be a few days (off) so we placed him on the DL to get this cleared up," Bochy said. "He's had a good first half and been used quite a bit. I don't think he was saying anything, but it was affecting his slider. It was obvious."
Gearrin was a revelation early on but his ERA has crept up to 3.89 thanks to a rough stretch. He gave up a go-ahead three-run homer to Nolan Arenado on a hanging slider Tuesday.
Bochy hopes the break is good for Gearrin. The manager has said many times in the past that he wishes he could give all relievers a two-week rest during the season, but it's just not possible. Bochy's current group certainly can use the All-Star break. Four relievers rank in the top 18 in the National League in appearances.
"We know we've been using these guys a lot," Bochy said. "We've had our struggles. We've had to pick up some guys, so that upped the usage."
--- Matt Cain will throw about 65 pitches for Triple-A Sacramento on Friday and Bochy said he'll make one more rehab appearance. With two days off on the first trip out of the break, it's possible that the Giants could skip the No. 5 spot and let Cain get additional work down in the minors. Bochy indicated that he might do that at least once.
--- Matt Duffy ran on a treadmill and then took BP on the field, and he could start a rehab assignment during the break. But he won't be ready for the second-half opener next Friday night in San Diego.
--- Bochy said Hunter Pence is "coming along and right on pace." It sounds like he could start a rehab assignment sometime next week.
--- Gregor Blanco (knee) is feeling better and is available to pinch-hit tonight. Denard Span took early BP and said a trigger injection in his neck did wonders. He should start Friday.
--- Jake Smith was claimed by the Padres, so the Giants lost a good arm during all this shuffling. Smith had a breakout 2015 but has struggled this season because of injuries. He was designated for assignment last week to clear a 40-man spot for Grant Green.
--- In case you missed it, I talked to Joe Panik about his concussion and the decision to continue playing.