Johnny Cueto is expected to return later this week. (Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Johnny Cueto is expected to return later this week. (Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Johnny Cueto to start Thursday, while Eduardo Núñez unlikely to return until weekend

AT&T PARK — Bruce Bochy was some 15 minutes late to his pregame press conference on Tuesday afternoon. As an unusually large herd of reporters and TV cameras waited for the San Francisco Giants manager in the home dugout at AT&T Park, Bochy was busy standing in the batter’s box — fungo in hand — as Johnny Cueto threw his bullpen session.

“It went well. He feels great,” Bochy said. “He doesn’t feel the groin at all, so right now he’s scheduled to go Thursday. So, ]that’s] good news.”

Cueto, who exited his start last Tuesday with a Grade 1 strain, will go through fielding drills as a final test on Wednesday.

— The timeline for Eduardo Núñez’s return to the lineup remains murkier. The third baseman, who left Sunday’s loss to the San Diego Padres in the seventh inning with a hamstring injury, is unlikely to see the field until Friday when the Los Angeles Dodgers arrive in town.

“It’s a mild hamstring pull,” Bochy explained “So, right now it’s two to three days. Every day we’ll revaluate him and see where he’s at. He’s done this before. He’s come back in three or four days I think. So, we’re hoping it’s the case where he’ll be ready the last series.”

Núñez’s injury prompted the front office to add some infield insurance in the form of Gordon Beckham. Acquired from the Atlanta Braves in exchange for minor league infielder Rich Rodriguez, Beckham is ineligible to play in the postseason, as he joined the organization after the Aug. 31 cutoff.

Bochy said the veteran, who hit .217 with a .655 OPS for the Braves, will be used as an extra right-handed bat off the bench, and could potentially draw a start with lefties Rich Hill and Clayton pitching Friday and Saturday, respectively.

— Beckham was one of two new Giants to join the club or the final week of the season. The team also added Tony Sanchez as the third catcher. Sanchez’s arrival allows the team to pinch-run for Buster Posey or use Trevor Brown off the bench more freely.

Bochy said both Beckham and Sanchez would be at the park for Tuesday night’s game.

— To clear room on the roster, the Giants designated Matt Reynolds for assignment and put Mac Williamson on the 60-Day disabled list with a strained left quad. Williamson hurt his leg while running out a pinch-hit single on Sunday night.Bruce Bochyeduardo nunezgordon beckhamJohnny Cuetokarl buscheckmac williamsonmatt reynoldsMLBSan Francisco Giants

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