AT&T PARK — While the San Francisco Giants enjoyed a rare second straight win Tuesday night over the Colorado Rockies amid a tumultuous season, the victory cost them closer Mark Melancon, who will head back to the disabled list with a right pronator strain after pitching a flawless ninth inning.
He struck out two of the three batters he faced but felt pain following the outing.
It’s the second time Melancon has been sidelined this season. The same pronator strain pushed him to the disabled list early last month, but he returned to pitch 10 innings since May 19.
That recent injury history, along with his 4.35 ERA, influenced the decision to shelve the right-hander.
“We need to get this behind us,” Bruce Bochy said. “He’ll get some rest here. How long I can’t tell you, but he’ll see the [doctors] today and Friday we’ll have more information.”
In a corresponding move, the Giants called up reliever Dan Slania from the double-A Richmond Flying Squirrels due to injury issues at the triple-A level.
“He’s a guy who’s gonna help give us some insurance here,” Bochy said, “and a fresh arm in the bullpen.”
San Francisco’s 14-inning Tuesday marathon also forced Bochy to shuffle his lineup before the series finale against the third-place Rockies. Outfielders Hunter Pence and Denard Span, shortstop Brandon Crawford and catcher Buster Posey are all on the bench.
In their places, right fielder Austin Slater, left fielder Ryder Jones, shortstop Kelby Tomlinson and catcher Nick Hundley will start.
Bochy said Pence, who had featured in 23 straight games, needed time off in particular.
“We’ve got some guys who need a break.” “In the outfield, Hunter [Pence] really needs a day, so Slater goes to right.”
MAJOR LEAGUE DEBUT:
The Giants will start third baseman Jae-Gyun Hwang, who they signed from South Korea in the offseason. He’ll bat fifth in his first-ever big league contest.
Hwang launched seven home runs in 68 minor league games this year.