Toe injury forces Cabrera out of lineup

Toe injury forces Cabrera out of lineup

Toe injury forces Cabrera out of lineup
SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants left fielder Melky Cabrera was scratched from Wednesday night's starting lineup against the St. Louis Cardinals with an injured left toe.

Manager Bruce Bochy, who likened Cabrera's ailment to a corn, said that the switch-hitter should be able to start Thursday against St. Louis.

"He has a foot issue and it just flared up on him before the game so we had to make a lineup adjustment," Bochy said after Wednesday's game. "He's been out there every day and it seemed to get pretty painful, so he needed a night [off]. The doctors looked at him and he should be OK tomorrow. Something flared up and it's pretty painful."

Cabrera had been the only Giant to start every game. He maintained his perfect record for appearances by pinch-hitting in the eighth inning of San Francisco's 4-1 loss and grounding out.

Cabrera has emerged as the Giants' most productive hitter, leading the club with a .331 batting average and 16 RBIs.

With Cabrera sidelined, Nate Schierholtz left the bench to play right field and Gregor Blanco moved from right field to left.