Giants giving Cain, Peavy one more rehab start

Aoki scratched from lineup; Machi activated from DL

Giants giving Cain, Peavy one more rehab start

SAN FRANCISCO -- The fuss surrounding the Giants' short-term plans for their starting rotation subsided Tuesday with extremely little happening. That will change soon.

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Manager Bruce Bochy announced Jake Peavy and Matt Cain will make one more Minor League injury rehabilitation start apiece with Triple-A Sacramento before they're activated from the disabled list. Bochy said the Giants want to make doubly sure that Peavy (back) and Cain (flexor tendon) have overcome their respective ailments.

Bochy did identify the games of July 2 at Miami and July 3 at Washington as dates when Peavy and Cain conceivably could pitch for San Francisco. Assuming the Giants would schedule the right-handers' final rehab starts with the intent of giving them at least four days' rest before they'd pitch for San Francisco, the calendar indicates that Cain and Peavy will bow out at Sacramento on Friday and Saturday.

Though Cain pitched Saturday and Peavy threw Sunday last weekend, they could reverse the order of their appearance, due to the Giants' scheduled off-days on back-to-back Mondays (June 22 and 29). Those breaks free the Giants to alter the rotation's personnel and shuffle the pitchers' sequence.

Having indicated the changes would be revealed Tuesday, Bochy said the delay wouldn't simplify the decision regarding which incumbent starters might be removed from the rotation.

"It's never easy," Bochy said, "but they always say it's a good problem when you have depth."

• Still bothered by a bruised right ankle, Giants left fielder Nori Aoki was scratched from Tuesday's lineup. Gregor Blanco moved from right field to replace Aoki in left and was elevated from eighth to leadoff in the batting order. Justin Maxwell replaced Blanco in right. Aoki sustained the bruise Saturday when he got hit on the second pitch of the game from Los Angeles' Carlos Frias. Aoki was hitting .317 with two home runs and 19 RBIs in 262 at-bats before the injury.

• As expected, the Giants activated right-hander Jean Machi from the disabled list and optioned right-hander Mike Broadway to Triple-A. Machi had been shelved by a left groin strain.

• Bochy said right fielder Hunter Pence might begin performing baseball-related activities Friday or Saturday. Left wrist tendinitis has idled Pence since June 3.

Chris Haft is a reporter for 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.