SAN DIEGO – Giants closer Mark Melancon has played catch the past few days, but don’t expect him to step into a save situation anytime soon.
Giants manager Bruce Bochy said he expected Melancon to be “a little ways away” from gearing up to the point where he’d throw off a mound.
“We’re not going to rush this,” Bochy said.
Sam Dyson will be the Giants’ closer for the foreseeable future, then.
Melancon is on the disabled list for the second time this season because of a strained pronator tendon near his right elbow. He won’t be back in time to impress any contending clubs prior to the July 31 trade deadline, but there wasn’t much of an expectation that he’d be a candidate to be dealt.
The Giants made a roster move prior to Friday’s game at Petco Park, activating third baseman Eduardo Nuñez from the disabled list. He takes the spot of outfielder Mac Williamson, who was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento on Monday.
The Giants will make another move prior to Saturday’s game, when they will activate Madison Bumgarner from the 60-day disabled list. They could option right-hander Kyle Crick, because they already have a 13-man staff and Matt Cain is now serving as a long reliever.
It’s already been reported that Bumgarner will take Cain’s place in the rotation.
For now, the team will continue to play somewhat short in the outfield. Kelby Tomlinson is the No.4 outfielder, and Jae-gyun Hwang, who lost his third base role to Nuñez, is more or less the No.5 option.
Lineups as the battle for fourth place begins:
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