Strickland (paternity leave) to miss SD series

Okert expected to join active roster

Strickland (paternity leave) to miss SD series

PHOENIX -- Right-hander Hunter Strickland will miss the Giants' upcoming three-game series against the San Diego Padres due to paternity leave, manager Bruce Bochy said after Thursday night's 9-3 loss to Arizona.

Strickland's wife, Shelley, is expected to give birth to the couple's first child sometime this weekend.

Strickland hasn't allowed a run in three relief appearances spanning three innings so far.

Left-hander Steven Okert, who began the season with Triple-A Sacramento, is expected to replace Strickland on the active roster.

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