SAN FRANCISCO -- Xavier Nady started in left field against the D-backs on Wednesday against right-handed starter Trevor Cahill, breaking up the platoon the Giants had been utilizing with Gregor Blanco, who bats left-handed.
"To be honest, he's just swinging the bat better than Blanco right now," manager Bruce Bochy said of Nady.
The Giants have stuck with the two-man platoon, though infielders Ryan Theriot and Joaquin Arias have taken fly balls in left field. Rookie Francisco Peguero also remains an option.
"We're talking about the other options, to be honest, but right now we're sticking with those two," Bochy said.
Entering Wednesday, Nady had gone 4-for-10 with three RBIs since joining the Giants last Saturday, while Blanco has batted .244 (11-for-45) in his last 16 gmes, with 18 strikeouts in that span.
Bochy said Justin Christian is set to return Friday from his sprained wrist when he is eligible to be activated from the disabled list and that he will provide further late-game depth at the position.
"He could be a double-switch guy, maybe even start against a lefty," Bochy said. "He'll give us some more speed on the bench, and he's a guy I can use late in the ballgame."