AT&T PARK — San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy confirmed that rookie outfielder Chris Shaw will return to the starting lineup on Tuesday after a three-day hiatus.
Shaw sat on Saturday against lefty Gio Gonzalez, and will sit on Monday against left-hander Sean Newcome, who starts for the visiting Atlanta Braves.
Hunter Pence will instead get the start in left field, with left-handers batting just .186 against Newcomb. On Sunday, Bochy opted for defense behind Madison Bumgarner and started Gregor Blanco.
Bochy also noted that Abiatal Avelino, the prospect acquired from the New York Yankees in the Andrew McCutchen trade, will see at-bats as a pinch-hitter and play in a bench role. He started on Saturday in Milwaukee against Gonzalez. Bochy considered starting Avelino against Newcomb, but instead opted for Kelby Tomlinson at second base with Avelino more comfortable at shortstop.
The indication from Bochy is that the Giants will continue to play regulars in the starting lineup throughout most of September despite the deficit in the standings. In games against teams competing for playoff spots, most of the regular lineup will take the field, though it was hinted that more of the youngsters could see playing time in games against non-contending teams. The two remaining series against the San Diego Padres appear to present the best opportunity for the youth to start.