McGehee happy to be back with Giants

Machi placed on 15-day DL with left groin injury

McGehee happy to be back with Giants

PHILADELPHIA -- Casey McGehee spent only 10 games with Triple-A Sacramento, but the seven-year veteran insisted that was long enough for him to regain his batting stroke.

"I feel like I went down there and did what I was supposed to do as far as getting my confidence going," said McGehee, who was recalled Friday as right-hander Jean Machi (left groin) went on the 15-day disabled list. "I felt like I was ready to come back and contribute."

Giants manager Bruce Bochy sounded willing to give McGehee a chance, describing third base as a "day to day issue." Bochy indicated that Matt Duffy remained the primary third baseman, but added that McGehee "will get some starts."

Designated for assignment on May 24 after a season-long slump, McGehee hit .357 with two homers, seven RBIs and a .571 slugging percentage at Triple-A. That contrasted sharply with his .200 average in 35 games as a Giant.

McGehee credited Sacramento hitting coach Andy Skeels for helping him correct some flaws in his swing. McGehee was quick to praise San Francisco hitting coaches Hensley Meulens and Steve Decker, pointing out that Skeels' "fresh pair of eyes" probably made a difference.

McGehee thus called accepting his assignment to the Minors, "about the best thing I could have done."

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