SAN FRANCISCO -- With a chance to clinch a sweep of the Dodgers, the Giants activated their closer two days earlier than originally planned. Mark Melancon came off the disabled list Wednesday morning and Kelby Tomlinson was optioned back to Triple-A Sacramento.
Melancon hasn't pitched since May 3 because of a right pronator strain. He was put on the disabled list while the Giants were on the road, but he has been throwing regularly and he tossed 22 pitches in a bullpen session on Monday.
Bochy said Tuesday that Melancon would get two additional days off and join the team Friday in St. Louis, but interim closer Derek Law has pitched in four of the past five games, so the bullpen needed a fresh late-innings arm.
Tomlinson was 6-for-25 in his latest stint with the Giants. He was on the chopping block one way or the other, because Conor Gillaspie, Hunter Pence and Aaron Hill are also on the comeback trail.
Sergio Romo is headed to the American League.
After being designated for assignment on Thursday, the veteran reliever was traded by the Dodgers along with cash considerations to the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday evening.
The Dodgers will receive cash considerations or a player to be named later.
Romo's first season with the team he grew up rooting for didn't go as planned. In 30 games, Romo posted a 6.12 ERA.
The Brawley-native was drafted by the Giants in 2005 and spent nine seasons pitching for San Francisco.
In his first at-bat with the Giants organization in nearly three years, Pablo Sandoval singled to left field against Rancho Cucamonga.
Serving as the designated hitter, Sandoval batted right-handed against Rancho Cucamonga left-handed pitcher Caleb Ferguson.
Sandoval's single followed singles by prospects Steven Duggar and Bryan Reynolds.
First baseman Aramis Garcia followed with an RBI single, moving Sandoval to second base. But the next batter, Ryan Howard, hit a line drive to Quakes second baseman Drew Jackson, who stepped on second base to double off Sandoval.
In second at-bat, Sandoval flied out to deep left field for the final out of the bottom of the second inning.
With the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the 4th, Sandoval grounded a ball deep into the hole at shortstop. Omar Estevez made the throw across the diamond for the out, but Sandoval picked up an RBI.
In the bottom of the seventh, Sandoval grounded out to third base for the second out of the inning.
Sandoval got one final at-bat in the bottom of the ninth. After Reynolds drove in Duggar to cut the Quakes' lead to 5-4, Sandoval had a chance to play hero, but he worked a walk. He was lifted for a pinch-runner.
He finished the night 1-for-4 with a single, walk and RBI.
San Jose went on to lose 5-4 to Rancho Cucamonga.
Sandoval signed a minor league deal with the Giants on Saturday. He will stay with Single-A San Jose until Triple-A Sacramento returns home from Tacoma.