When baseball players struggle with hamstring injuries, as Hunter Pence did, caution is typically the way to go. (Jeff Chiu/AP)

Giants take cautious approach with ailing stars

The Giants have struggled since the All-Star Break, stumbling to a 2-9 record after Wednesday’s day-game defeat to the lowly Cincinnati

Fans are freaking out on Twitter, as they’re wont to do in stretches like these. But the team still holds a 2.5-game lead over the Los Angeles Dodgers, and help is on the way as several impact players are
destined to return in the coming weeks.

Manager Bruce Bochy said on Wednesday that he didn’t feel any urgency to bring right fielder Hunter Pence back quite yet despite his hitting the ball well for Triple-A Sacramento, where he’s slashing .500/.529/1.000 with two home runs in five games.

“Talking to trainers, they think [Pence] needs some time,” Bochy said. “That could change in the next couple days, as you’ve seen. But right now, with how he’s running and how he’s feeling, they just think he needs a little more time.”

So a little more time he’ll get; baseball players can never get enough rest when recovering from a hamstring injury.

Second baseman Joe Panik has been free of concussion symptoms and should be back for this weekend’s series against the Washington Nationals.

Meanwhile, Ehire Adrianza will remain on his rehab schedule for another week so the organization can avoid making a roster move that might lose them Ramiro Pena or Grant Green to waivers.

The upshot: Fans of Mac Williamson and Jarrett Parker should soak in as much time with them as possible before they’re sent back down to make way for Panik and Pence.

Not all heroes wear capes

A group of fans in the center field bleachers at Monday’s game tried to start the wave. Luckily, a brave supporter in the seats above the arcade in right field shut down the attempt by screaming, “Sit down, douchebags! That’s what Dodgers fans do!”

This man was onto something: Ban anyone who leaves a close game early to beat traffic.

Karl Buscheck contributed to this report.

Ehire AdrianzaHunter Pencejacob c. palmerjarrett parkerJoe PanikLos Angeles Dodgersmac williamsonSan Francisco Giants

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