AT&T PARK — With the team monitoring Mark Melancon in his return from the disabled list, Bruce Bochy doesn’t plan to return the $62-million right-hander to the closer’s role in the immediate future.
“It’s just easier to keep an eye on him in the seventh and eighth than it is in the ninth,” the San Francisco Giants said.
Bochy said he’s spoken with Melancon about the bullpen arrangement. While Melancon was on the 10-dal DL with a right pronator strain, Sam Dyson has handled the job with such aplomb that Bochy is in no rush to return Melancon to his old role.
Slater 10 days to 2 weeks from rehab stint
Outfielder Austin Slater, out since July 8 with a groin strain, took part in all baseball activities — aside from running — on Tuesday. Bochy said the rookie it roughly 10 to 14 days from a rehab assignment.
Cueto and Panik to rehab for River Cats
Johnny Cueto was scheduled to pitch three innings for the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats on Tuesday night, while Joe Panik was ticketed for a five-inning appearance.
Cueto will need another start after that before rejoining the Giants and Panik will continue his rehab on Wednesday with High-A San Jose.