Pence unlikely to return by end of month

On DL with broken arm, outfielder hasn't resumed full-time baseball activities

Pence unlikely to return by end of month

SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy discounted the possibility of right fielder Hunter Pence recovering from his fractured left forearm in time to rejoin the lineup May 1, which has been the most optimistic estimate mentioned for his return.

Bochy said Tuesday that activating Pence from the disabled list by that date appeared "less likely."

Bochy pointed out that Pence has not resumed baseball-related activities full-time and must take certain steps such as hitting off a tee and taking soft-toss batting practice before he starts hitting in earnest.

• A rare sight materialized at AT&T Park about four hours before Tuesday's first pitch when Buster Posey took early batting practice on the field. Posey has been inconsistent through the season's first two weeks, batting .229 with two home runs and six RBIs. The 2012 National League Most Valuable Player and two-time All-Star has not hit safely in more than two straight games. "This goes with the territory when you're not having the success you like," Bochy said. Casey McGehee and Matt Duffy were among the Giants who joined Posey.

• Bochy said he has not selected a starting pitcher for Thursday's series finale against the Dodgers. The vacancy was created by right-hander Jake Peavy's assignment to the disabled list with a strained lower back. Bochy observed that his decision could be determined by whether he uses either of his top fill-in candidates -- right-handers Ryan Vogelsong and Yusmeiro Petit -- in the series' first two games. For what it's worth, Vogelsong took batting practice with other starting pitchers Tuesday.

Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, and follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.