Derek Law got the win on Monday. (Emma Chiang/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Derek Law got the win on Monday. (Emma Chiang/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Derek Law set to return on Wednesday

AT&T PARK — Derek Law — the San Francisco Giants’ most reliable reliever in 2016 — is on track to join the team’s committee of closers on Wednesday afternoon.

“He’s fine, [he’s] healthy,” manager Bruce Bochy said after the right-hander threw a simulated game at AT&T Park. “He came through it fine. I talked to him a couple of minutes ago and he said he felt great.”

Law, who’s been on the disabled list since Aug. 28, joins a group of ninth-inning options that also includes Hunter Strickland, Sergio Romo, Santiago Casilla and Joe Nathan — according to the manager.

Law has allowed one run in 21 second-half appearances.

— Gregor Blanco, who has been on the DL  with a right shoulder impingement since Aug. 23 (retroactive to the day before), took swings against Law in the right-hander’s return to the mound. As Bochy put it, Blanco is getting “close” health wise but his timeline for returning remains murky.

“What’s difficult with Gregor is we just don’t have a place we can [send him] for some live at bats somewhere,” Bochy explained. “Instructional ball doesn’t start until — I think — [next] Monday. So, he’s going to have to work hard to get his timing because he’s missed so much time.”

— Eduardo Nunez was in the original lineup against the San Diego Padres, but Bochy scratched him after the third baseman’s back tightened up.

“We just think it’s best if he takes a day and Conor [Gillaspie] gets a start there,” Bochy said. “Nooney was in the original lineup, but he’s been grinding pretty hard and the back just tightened up to the point where he needs a day off.”

Nunez is available off the bench.

— A reporter mentioned the center-field kale garden during the pregame press conference and the manager offered his thoughts.

“Kale’s hard to eat everyday,” Bochy said. “Wow. Nah. Where’s that greasy burger.”Bruce Bochyderek laweduardo nunezGregor Blancokarl buscheckMLBSan Francisco Giants

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