Pence ready to swing bat; Blanco near return

Right fielder feels better after arm treatment; reserve free of dizziness

Pence ready to swing bat; Blanco near return

SAN FRANCISCO -- San Francisco Giants injured outfielders Hunter Pence and Gregor Blanco took steps forward in their rehabilitation processes.

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Pence, who had missed the past 10 games with left wrist tendinitis, received treatment from team doctors and felt well enough to resume playing catch, manager Bruce Bochy said Monday. Pence will begin taking dry swings Tuesday if there are no setbacks.

"I think he's a lot more optimistic now that he had the treatment," Bochy said. "He feels like he could swing."

Blanco, out with a concussion, said he hasn't felt dizzy since Sunday morning and is eligible to come off the seven-day disabled list Tuesday, but Bochy said he sees Wednesday or Thursday as a more realistic timetable for his return.

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"We miss him," Bochy said. "It's tough enough to lose one outfielder, but two -- two key players -- that makes it a little bit tougher."

Blanco, who has missed the past five games, said he was able to amp his workout up a bit on the stationary bike.

• San Diego dismissed manager Bud Black Monday after eight-plus seasons with the team. Bench coach Dave Roberts, who played four seasons under Bochy with the Padres and Giants from 2005-2008, will take the reins until the team decides on its new manager.

"[Roberts] is a good baseball man," Bochy said. "He's been a bench coach, he's coached first, so he's worn some different hats. He knows all aspects of the game."

Tim Lincecum, who played with Roberts on 2007 and 2008 Giants, said the former outfielder was always in high spirits.

"Such a positive guy," Lincecum said. "It's impossible not to feed off of that."

Matt Cain started for the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats on Monday as part of his rehab from a flexor tendon strain. He threw 74 pitches over 3 1/3 innings and allowed four runs (three earned) on six hits and two walks while striking out seven. Cain gave up two runs in 3 2/3 innings his last time out for Double-A Richmond.

• Jake Peavy (back) will make another rehab start for Sacramento on Tuesday. Peavy gave up four runs in 4 1/3 innings in his last outing June 11.

Oliver Macklin is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.