SAN FRANCISCO -- With Hunter Pence slow to recover from tendinitis in his left wrist, the Giants placed the right fielder on the 15-day disabled list Friday and purchased the contract of right-hander Michael Broadway from Triple-A Sacramento.
Pence, who missed this season's first 36 games with a fractured left wrist, had not played since June 2. His DL assignment thus was retroactive to June 3, so he conceivably could return to the lineup next week while the Giants travel to play the Mariners and Dodgers.
Pence said prior to Friday's game he "finally noticed some improvement" and spoke briefly to reporters before leaving to see team doctors.
Pence is hitting .282 with two homers and 13 RBIs in 18 games.
"He's going to get reevaluated by our doctors … and we'll see how the progression is going," manager Bruce Bochy said. "Right now, he hasn't been doing anything. We backed him off, we didn't want him to swing the bat and aggravate this thing. I'm hopeful he'll be ready when it's time to [come off the DL]."
Broadway, 28, has never performed in the Majors in 11 professional seasons. In 22 appearances this year with the River Cats, Broadway was 1-0 with a 1.35 ERA. He had 39 strikeouts and six walks in 26 2/3 innings.
• Bochy was noticeably unhappy about having to leave New York at 1:30 a.m. to get back in time for Friday's game. After the team played a 4:15 p.m. PT time game against the Mets on Thursday, it was not given a travel day.
"It shouldn't happen," Bochy said. "I think we're dropping the ball here by having teams play night games and go through three time zones and play the next day. You're risking injury with these guys. … Hopefully we'll fix this."
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. Oliver Macklin is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.