The Giants were required to reinstate Cabrera or release him once the 27-year-old switch-hitter completed his 50-game suspension.
The Giants may have already advanced to the NLCS, but they're stuck in Cincinnati for the moment, which should give them time to figure out their rotation.
Sergio Romo survived a 12-pitch battle with slugger Jay Bruce, then struck out Scott Rolen to propel the Giants to the NLCS and erase the memory of a dismal 0-2 start.
The fallen ace that didn't make the playoff rotation, Tim Lincecum left his mark on the 2012 NLDS against Cincinnati.
Despite hitting two doubles in yesterday's Game 4, Joaquin Arias sits in favor of Brandon Crawford against Reds right-hander Mat Latos.
The Giants have developed their rituals and quirks over these past few days in Cincinnati. They won't be changing a thing prior to Thursday's Game 5.
Tim Lincecum's recent prowess as a reliever might have some surprised, but it's not news to one member of the Giants pitching staff.
The Giants needed Tim Lincecum to take the mound, drive off it with his incredibly long stride and span an impossible, impassable length. He had to stretch further than he ever had. He rose to the challenge.
Angel Pagan hit the second pitch of the game over the right field wall, Gregor Blanco delivered a two-run shot of his own, and the Giants forced a winner-take-all showdown Thursday morning with an 8-3 victory.
The 35-year-old playoff rookie didnt need any extra motivation when he took the mound trying to save the Giants season Tuesday night, but he received it from dozens of sources.
Hunter Pence may be 1-for-12 in the series, but he's contributing in other ways. His teammates responded to his passionate pregame speech.
The Giants survived while going 3-for-36 and striking out 16 times Tuesday night. It may not have been pretty, but it shifted the momentum to the Giants and put a whole new spin on this NLDS.
Scott Rolen couldn't handle a chopper off the bat of Joaquin Arias in the 10th, Buster Posey came in to score the go-ahead run, and the Giants live to see another day with a 2-1 victory over the Reds.
Ryan Vogelsong's ERA by month has not trended well, but he has clamped down his last three starts. So how does he match up against the Reds?