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Mark Melancon set to rejoin Giants on Friday

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Mark Melancon expects to return to the Giants bullpen on Friday. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)
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AT&T PARK — After throwing a bullpen on Monday, Mark Melancon is on track to rejoin the San Francisco Giants on Friday when the club opens up a three-game series against the St. Louis Cardinals.

“To rush him before Friday I think would be probably a little risky,” manager Bruce Bochy said of the closer, who’s been out since May 6.

Sidelined with a mild right pronator strain, San Francisco’s bullpen ace was eligible to return as soon as Tuesday night’s game against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

“So, he’ll throw today and throw some tomorrow and then with the day off, he should be good to go on Friday — full bore, no restrictions,” Bochy added.

Gillaspie scheduled for Friday rehab, as Hil begins assignment

Conor Gillaspie — out since May 11 with back spasms — will head out on a rehab assignment on Friday. The backup infielder ran the bases and fielded grounders before batting practice on Tuesday afternoon.

Fellow reserve Aaron Hill begins his rehab stint on Tuesday night, serving as the designated hitter for the High-A San Jose Giants. Bochy hopes that Hill (right forearm strain) will begin throwing by the end.

“We’re going to have to find a spot for them,” Bochy said when asked about the potential of a looming roster crunch. “But I always say these things have a way of working out. We’ll see where we’re at when they’re ready to come off.”

Arroyo debuts at second

With Bochy wanting to give Joe Panik a night off, Christian Arroyo is set for his major league debut at second base. The manager isn’t worried about the shortstop-turned-third baseman sliding over to second — a position he played 48 times in the minor leagues.

“He hasn’t spent as much time at second,” Bochy admitted. “He played a little bit there in spring training, but I think he’ll be fine.”

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