In need of fresh arm, Giants activate Melancon two days early

In need of fresh arm, Giants activate Melancon two days early

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.

 

Giants lineup: Nunez returns, Panik gets night off vs Braves

Giants lineup: Nunez returns, Panik gets night off vs Braves

The Giants return to San Francisco and try to shake off a three-game losing streak when they face the Braves. Manager Bruce Bochy has issued his lineup for Game 1 of the series.

The Giants return home and try to shake off a three-game losing streak when they face the Braves. 

Braves (20-25)
1. Ender Inciarte (L) CF
2. Brandon Phillips (R) 2B
3. Nick Markakis (L) RF
4. Matt Kemp (R) LF
5. Matt Adams (L) 1B
6. Tyler Flowers (R) C
7. Rio Ruiz (L) 3B
8. Dansby Swanson (R) SS
9. Jaime Garcia (L) P

Giants (20-29)
1. Denard Span (L) CF
2. Eduardo Nunez (R) 3B
3. Brandon Belt (L) LF
4. Buster Posey (R) 1B
5. Justin Ruggiano (R) RF
6. Brandon Crawford (L) SS
7. Nick Hundley (R) C
8. Christian Arroyo (R) 2B
9. Matt Cain (R) P

Giants reinstate Hill from DL, option Okert to Triple-A Sacramento

Giants reinstate Hill from DL, option Okert to Triple-A Sacramento

SAN FRANCISCO -- After Wednesday's game in Chicago, Bruce Bochy talked of the bullpen and said "we've got to get our lefties going." One of them is no longer in the big leagues.

The Giants optioned Steven Okert back to Triple-A Sacramento before Friday's game to clear a roster spot for Aaron Hill. Hill hasn't played since April 22. He was batting .120 in 12 games before feeling discomfort in his throwing arm, and the recovery was slower than the Giants first expected.

Okert took on a big role in the bullpen upon being recalled, and he had a couple of huge multi-inning outings in wins. But the ERA is up to 6.23 and Bochy felt Okert had lost some confidence on the mound.

The Giants are again back to one lefty, Josh Osich, in the bullpen.