Susac ready to begin Triple-A rehab games

Lincecum, Leake may soon try throwing off mounds; Pagan to rest

Susac ready to begin Triple-A rehab games

CHICAGO -- Barring physical setbacks, catcher Andrew Susac will begin a Minor League injury rehabilitation assignment Tuesday with Triple-A Sacramento, Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Saturday.

Susac had begun to establish his value as a backup when he sprained his right thumb July 18 at Arizona. His proficiency behind the plate freed Bochy to play Buster Posey more frequently at first base, giving the three-time All-Star a partial break from the rigors of catching. Between June 3 and July 8, Susac started 15 of 32 games. Posey batted .318 with six home runs, 28 RBIs and a .941 OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage) during that period.

Susac owns a .241 batting average with three home runs and 11 RBIs in 41 games for the Giants.

• Bochy indicated Tim Lincecum, who's adjusting to a degenerative hip condition, might try throwing off a bullpen mound sometime during San Francisco's upcoming homestand, which begins Tuesday against Houston.

Brandon Belt's second-inning homer Saturday was his 15th of the season, two short of the career-high 17 he amassed in 2013.

• Bochy said right-hander Mike Leake, who went on the 15-day disabled list Saturday with a strained left hamstring, will try throwing off a mound Tuesday.

• Having started three games in a row, center fielder Angel Pagan likely will receive Sunday off to rest his sore knees. That would essentially give him a two-day break, since the Giants have a scheduled off-day Monday.

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.